In an unusual move, over hundred faculty, staff and students of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, have made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking his office to intervene in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case. The statement comes close on the heels of national outrage over the manner in which police and doctors have reportedly tried to undermine the motive behind the lynching of Tabrez, religious fanaticism.
The statement from the high-profile institute states, they are shocked and dismayed over “how Jharkhand police has handled the lynching of Tabrez Ansari.” A mob of Dhaktidih, a village in Jharkhand, surrounded him, beating him up after tying him to a pole, he was forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman” and barbarically assaulted.
The police were informed but failed to come to rescue him from the mob, who beat him continuously for over six hours.Despite the brutality and injuries inflicted on him, the police that arrived on the spot, arrested Tabrez and took him to Saraikela police station where he was kept for days without any medical assistance. He finally died on June 22, due to the injuries inflicted on him.
The statement urges Modi, who was busy celebrating his birthday at the Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat, to “act swiftly and decisively” by directing the Jharkhand government to institute a fresh probe, insisting, “It is the constitutional duty of the state to protect the life and liberty of all citizens.”—Click HERE for list of signatories