BJP leader among 2 held for Jharkhand lynching

Soon after the day’s arrests, the district BJP unit held a press conference, in which district BJP chief Banerjee, while condemning the lynching incident, urged the administration not to “harass innocent people”.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Ranchi | Published:July 2, 2017 3:37 am
jharkhand lynching, jharkhand cops suspended, jharkhand govt, raghubar das, jharkhand news, latest news, indian express The district BJP unit held a press conference, in which district BJP chief Banerjee, while condemning the lynching incident, urged the administration not to “harass innocent people”.

A local BJP leader was among two people arrested by the Jharkhand Police on Saturday for the June 29 lynching of meat trader Alimuddin Ansari in Ramgarh. On Saturday, police arrested Nityanand Mahato of the BJP media cell in Ramgarh, and Chhotu Rana, the man seen hitting Ansari in a widely circulated video of the incident and said to be a member of the Gau Raksha Samiti. Police said Mahato claimed he had gone to the spot only after the administration reached there, “just to find out what happened”.

While district BJP president Shiv Shankar Banerjee could not be contacted despite several attempts, Varun Singh, who holds the post of media cell in-charge along with Mahato, said, “Mahato is my colleague. His house is in the same area, Bazar Tand, where the incident occurred. In the video, he is seen beside the DSP. He reached there after the incident, after officials had arrived. However, the police went ahead and arrested him in haste.”

Soon after the day’s arrests, the district BJP unit held a press conference, in which district BJP chief Banerjee, while condemning the lynching incident, urged the administration not to “harass innocent people”. On Friday, Ansari succumbed to his injuries after being assaulted by at least 10 men who intercepted his van in Ramgarh and accused him of carrying cattle meat. Police had later arrested Santosh Singh, also reportedly of the Samiti, and booked him for murder. Another person, though not named in the FIR, has also been detained for questioning.

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    Damodar Biswal
    Jul 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Yes,I agree .Action should be taken against all brutes who r involved in the lynching incident in the name of beef politics.But innocent persons should not be harassed.It is heartening that a BJP leader has been arrested n no BJP leader has come out in open support of him.I strongly condemn lynching in the name of cow protection n want strict action against all involved.
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      ck
      Jul 2, 2017 at 12:26 pm
      There is the only way to solve the problem, to handle the cases with fair intention from the very beginning, it is noted that correct reporting in FIR are not making there fore the crimes are exceeding.
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        Adrian Akau
        Jul 2, 2017 at 10:56 am
        If he is on the video, he should take responsibility for his actions.
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          P K
          Jul 2, 2017 at 10:35 am
          The State must perform it's Cons utional Duty of maintaining law and order and protect Life and Property of the people!
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            Abdul
            Jul 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm
            Can anyone expect the BJP/RSS respect the cons ution, cons utional duty? Their history - U.P. floating the SC order and cons ution when they demolished Babri Masjid, Gujarat when administration gave tacit support to rioters to kill 3000 of its people with police and administration hand-in-glow, M.P. when Vyapam scam, etc. where did they ever respect the cons ution? Even when Father of the Nation was gunned down they distributed sweets in the open street!!! Now hail the killer Godse as Nationalist!!!
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            Dhdnd
            Jul 2, 2017 at 10:18 am
            Dog bhakts defending the culprits.
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              chitta
              Jul 2, 2017 at 10:15 am
              Hindus want to divide India in the name of cow. Hindus must realize that India is not their property. India belongs to both Hindus and Muslims.
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                chitta
                Jul 2, 2017 at 10:14 am
                Hindus are afraid of growing Muslim ppulation and Muslims power. They know that Muslim could again take over Hindu. But nothing can be done now. So stop this lynching and live with Muslims.
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                  ABC
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 11:22 am
                  Stop talking nonsense about Muslim power and Hindu Power. This is BHARAT. It is neither Hindustan nor muslim caliphate.
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                    chitta
                    Jul 2, 2017 at 11:34 am
                    You are right this is BHARAT and Hindu and Muslims have equal share in it. So Hindu must stop lynching of innocent Muslim and live with them in peace and harmony.
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                      Rasik
                      Jul 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm
                      Well said...chitta is not muslim just making nonsense a statement to confuse Hindus..
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                      Abdul
                      Jul 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm
                      You are wrong! This is India and Indians will live here. An Indian can be Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddist, Jews etc. That his personal matter. Those Hindus or Muslims who cannot accept the truth that India is for secular Indians, should go to Pakistan where they will find their type and fight get killed by each other.
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                      Krishna Kant Singh
                      Jul 2, 2017 at 9:54 am
                      "The mob lynchers have a B Team. These are educated, english speaking Hindutva supporters ( even paid by A team), who provide cover up fire to the backward mob killers. They keep silent at the violence of the mobs, but have a million critical things for people protesting the killings. -"oh but why didn't these people protest again malda or WB killings?"To counter -"oh but these "siculars" like ndtv will only speak of Junaid and never of police officer Pandit" -"oh, where were you when the Kashmiri Pandits were being chucked out." -"oh if u speak out against the communal killings..ur the one polarising india." Before u know it you will be defending your positions against their whataboutery and the targeted hate killings will become just another thing. These people are no less responsible than the brutal and crazy mob, for the hate-hole india finds itself in. Solution: Only Socialism through Bhagat Singh ideology!
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                        ABC
                        Jul 2, 2017 at 11:47 am
                        Absolutely right Krishna. These goons have paid people, who post comments and videos.
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                          Soma mitra
                          Jul 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm
                          Cry to TOI they are working for NDA . lol ..they didn't even report this murder on the first day and denied about the Not in my Name protest was not held ..lil lol
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