Held for WhatsApp message on beef, youth dies in custody

According to police, a WhatsApp message that purportedly made an objectionable comment about beef started doing the rounds in Dighari village of Narayanpura, in Jamtara district, on October 2.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Ranchi | Updated: October 12, 2016 8:28 am
 beef, beef ban, beef message, whatsapp beef mesage, beef ban arrest, minhaj ansari, custodial torture, gau rakshaks, rims, whatsAPP, indian express news, india news, beef ban news We took action because the WhatsApp message, with some comments about beef, had the potential to disturb communal peace, coming so close to Dussehra and Muharram, said police.

Less than a week after he was arrested for allegedly sharing an objectionable comment about beef on WhatsApp, Minhaj Ansari, a 22-year-old from Jamtara district in Jharkhand, died at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here on Sunday.

While his family claimed that Ansari was beaten up and tortured in police custody, police officers cited medical records that showed Ansari was suffering from encephalitis.

Police officers, however, admitted that there were prima facie lapses on the part of the officer-in-charge of Narayanpura police station, Sub-Inspector Harish Pathak. He has been suspended and an FIR of murder has been registered against him.

According to police, a WhatsApp message that purportedly made an objectionable comment about beef started doing the rounds in Dighari village of Narayanpura, in Jamtara district, on October 2.

A few people were detained as suspects. While the others were later released, Ansari was placed under arrest on October 3.

Two days later, Ansari’s father, Umar Sheikh, and the rest of his family came to know that Ansari had been shifted to Dhanbad for treatment after he reportedly sustained injuries in police custody.

“They went to the police station along with other villagers. There was a scuffle at the police station between Ansari’s parents and the officer-in-charge, Harish Pathak. Ansari’s family filed a written complaint against Pathak, following which an FIR of attempt to murder and outraging the modesty of a woman was registered against him. The officer was suspended immediately. After Ansari’s death, the attempt to murder charge has been changed to a murder charge,” said Jamtara Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar Dubey.

On October 7, Ansari was shifted to RIMS, where he died two days later.

“While an inquiry is on, the medical reports indicate that Ansari was suffering from encephalitis. It appears that the officer-in-charge did not check on this,” said Jamtara SP Manoj Kumar Singh. However, he denied allegations that Ansari’s family was not informed about his medical condition.

“We took action because the WhatsApp message, with some comments about beef, had the potential to disturb communal peace, coming so close to Dussehra and Muharram. The situation is peaceful now, we are keeping a strict watch,” he said.

While security forces have been deployed in the village, the district administration has ordered a joint inquiry by the Sub Divisional Officer and Sub Divisional Police Officer. Meanwhile, a compensation of Rs 2 lakh has been given to the victim’s family member.

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    All.in.the.game.of.indian.judiciary
    Oct 12, 2016 at 12:05 am
    Don't worry guys. The Highly CORRUPT judge and the Supremely CORRUPT Judge have already been appointed to handle this case and the Highly Corrupt judgement will be the murderer Pathak will be convicted(as already decided). The final verdict by the Suoreme CORRUPT will be "Pathak is acquitted was lack of any evidence". The Highly CORRUPT judge becomes Supremely CORRUPT FOR HIS COLLABORATION. The Supremely CORRUPT judge retires and goes on a loooong world tour accompanied by a Mumbai model. All expenses paid by Indian citizen's tax money.
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      Katrina
      Oct 12, 2016 at 5:21 am
      This is the ugly face of India where people are killed by Hindu terro@rists for eating beef. How many innocents they have murdered. When anyone says intolerant then they jump on ur heck.
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        Cpam
        Oct 12, 2016 at 5:05 am
        No hindus r more dangerous as they can kill any one in there society for the mere rumour that he have beef no wonder for hindus animal r more worth then a human life shame to the hindus that they have degraded to such low levels
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          fuckislam
          Oct 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
          Wow...this is seems to be the policy of miluslims...youths suffering with diseases to be cured under police custody by gov. and if the dies...blame police for killing the
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            fuckislam
            Oct 12, 2016 at 9:08 am
            मुसलमान पूरी दुनिया के बोज बन गए हैं।lt;br/gt;आतंकवाद साले।।।lt;br/gt;मुसलमान और भी होते है।lt;br/gt;कटलु साले।
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              Bunty
              Oct 12, 2016 at 6:10 am
              Good
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                Abbiya
                Oct 12, 2016 at 5:27 am
                Muslim is not problem for this country. .Hindu extremists and those mentally people biggest problem for India. .Police not keeping right to beaten this person. Hindu extremists crime increase day by day against musllm dalit Christians. India is not a your forefathers country
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                  Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 4:18 am
                  There is also many many muslim countries that are not on daily news such as indonesia (the largest muslim country in the world) living in peace and that has all human development markers better than those of india
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