Jharkhand lynching case: BJP says its leader Mahato had nothing to do with Bajrang Dal, cow protection

On Sunday, the BJP was at pains to underline that Mahato was “a dedicated party worker”, with “nothing to do with the Bajrang Dal or Gau Raksha Samiti”. They also accused police of failing to check “illegal slaughter” in the area.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Ranchi | Updated: July 4, 2017 4:58 pm
jharkhand lynching, ramgarh lynching, Alimuddin Ansari, muslim beaten to death, bjp leader booked, india news BJP leader Nityanand Mahato; (left) vehicle of Alimuddin Ansari

AS they put together the sequence of events leading to the lynching of meat trader Alimuddin Ansari in Ramgarh in Jharkhand on June 29, police are zeroing in on the involvement of members of a cow-protection group, who may have been later joined by members of the public.

Among the three arrested so far, of the 12 named, are Nityanand Mahato, co-in-charge of the BJP’s district media cell of Ramgarh, Santosh Singh, with links to a local Gau Raksha Samiti, and a youth barely out of his teens, Chhotu Rana, who runs a chicken shop and is not believed to have any association with any right-wing organisation.

On Sunday, the BJP was at pains to underline that Mahato was “a dedicated party worker”, with “nothing to do with the Bajrang Dal or Gau Raksha Samiti”. They also accused police of failing to check “illegal slaughter” in the area.

Police officials, who refused to come on record, said the remaining nine named in the FIR also include some members of the cow-protection group as well as “bystanders” who joined in after the thrashing began. “There are photographs with us in which youngsters are seen beating Ansari,” said a source.

Police are also trying to determine who tipped off the gau raksha samiti about Ansari passing through Bazar Tand, where the incident occurred, purportedly carrying beef in his van. It was Rana’s photo that went viral, showing him beating Ansari with what looked like a police baton. Ansari’s family has said that he snatched it from police.

Ramgarh Superintendent of Police Kishore Kaushal has denied this. “First, such batons are available in stores for less than Rs 200. There is no footage or photograph showing that the baton was snatched by the accused from police. Also, police immediately took the victim into custody. We will be taking Rana on remand and questioning him on where he bought the baton from and why,” he said.

A police officer associated with the case said Rana, the son of a mechanic whose chicken shop is located in Bazar Tand, “has nothing to do with any right-wing organisation or activity”. “He was an onlooker… does not have any previous criminal record.”

District BJP leaders cited the political background of Mahato to show he “did not come from a right-wing background”. He started out with the All-Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU), an ally of the BJP in the government, nearly 10 years ago. Later, he formed his own outfit, AJSU (Negative), before joining the Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan. He crossed over to the BJP a little over five years ago.

“He is a dedicated party worker and strictly associated with the party’s programmes. He never had anything to do with the Bajrang Dal or the Gau Raksha Samiti. He only reached there because the place is near his house. Do police have any photo or video showing him raising any inflammatory slogan or asking people to take law into their own hands? Then why do police think that mere presence at such a spot is a crime?” said Sanjay Singh, a member of the BJP state executive.

Earlier, the district BJP chief, Shiv Shankar Banerjee, had defended Mahato, telling police not to harass “innocents”. A police officer said, “We are investigating several strands. His exact role is being ascertained.”

BJP leaders also claimed that illegal slaughter was rampant in Chitarpur area of the district, from where Ansari was reportedly driving to Ramgarh, and asked why police had not been able to crack down on it. “Cow slaughter is banned in Jharkhand since 2005. Police know what goes on in Chitarpur but do not stop that. They are currently focusing only on who was at the spot,” said Sanjay Singh.

How Ansari procured the alleged beef and supplied it in different areas is part of another police investigation. The third accused to be arrested, Santosh Singh, reportedly earned money supplying materials on his tractor. Police have confirmed his presence on the spot at the time of the lynching and are looking into his association with Dipak Mishra and Chhotu Verma, who are known to be engaged in “cow protection” in the area and are also named in the FIR.

A local source said, “Along with Mishra and Verma, he would often be seen sitting at an eatery. But his involvement with issues like cows was limited to the fact that he knew them and would join them once a while in their activities.”

 

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    sahil
    Jul 4, 2017 at 4:26 am
    The killers should be feted awarded by rss for helping in the implementation of man-smrt gowalkar's dream
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      Awais
      Jul 3, 2017 at 9:14 pm
      All of them are criminals
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        Ayaan
        Jul 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm
        there is no value of human life but cow life is more important what happens to our country one of the comment here it says y dont you eat mother flesh i want ask Shiravanthe Sridhar. did you born for a cow and for human all human believe we get birth from human not for cow it mean human cannot eat human and beside government is trying hide big issue how much we are going down. bringing religious things. we are fighting such things it means we educated illiterate
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          Malkit Singh Rehnsi
          Jul 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm
          There is no difference between Congress goons and BJP RSS goons. They are feathers of the same bird. Congress was proud after killing 3000 Sikhs after assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi and RSS joined their hands with Congress. All RSS/BJP who are now crying and yelling and abusing day and nightt Congress, not only give 90 votes in favour of Congress but supported them morally. Now it was the turn of BJP, under the Chief Minister, now PM of India, more than 2000 innocent Muslims were burnt, killed and lynched by the same BJP. This is not the end BJP spread communal riots in Saharanpur, Shamli and Muzffar Nagar, The cow skinners were beaten in the state of Gujarat. GS stain Christian priest was mercilessly killed by Extreme Hindu orgn. In fact thousand Muslims were killed in communal riots during Congress rule. It seems that there is compe ion of killing the minorities between two parties Doors of justice have been closed as no challan was filed in any court against these rioter
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            ATWOZ
            Jul 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm
            Hahahahahhahahhahahah Quote " He never had anything to do with the Bajrang Dal or the Gau Raksha Samiti. He only reached there because the place is near his house. Do police have any photo or video showing him raising any inflammatory slogan or asking people to take law into their own hands? Then why do police think that mere presence at such a spot is a crime?” said Sanjay Singh, a member of the BJP state executive" Going by the Logic Advaniji, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh are all innocent they were only standing near Babri Masjid..... and demolition happened by itself..... CRAZY CHADDI LOGIC.. Before they divide Indians and kill us people should open there eyes and check what is happening. JAI HIND
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              Abdul
              Jul 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm
              Nityananda Mahato is a dedicated party worker like Modi, he is not involved with Gaurakshak or bajrangdal. Has no parti tion in the lynching same as Modi did not have any parti tion in Gujarat massacre.
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                kumar
                Jul 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm
                Gau Rakshak is only BJP/ RSS agenda of hate against Muslims, in fact Gau Rakshak started only after BJP won the election, otherwise there is no love with the cow.
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                  shiravanthe sridhar
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 10:47 am
                  Only Christian Muslim pugs drink cows milk eat their flesh , so why not eat mother's flesh after she stops feeding you.
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                    shaad
                    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:14 am
                    Yes they eat meat and you wear belts and shoes and footwear made of their leather there is really not much difference between them and you and for matter of fact our PM also wears leather shoes when he goes on foreign trips. All sham and no shame folks.
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                      jackal
                      Jul 3, 2017 at 11:28 am
                      Cows milk comes from its blood, and is non vegetarian. Also cow's milk is meant for its calf and not for any pseudo animal who claims the cow to be his mother because he wants to cheat the calf and drink cows milk. Have a life hate monger, you are barking at a wrong tree.
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                        Mrudhul Joy
                        Jul 3, 2017 at 11:59 am
                        Buddy in your opinion which is cruel 1) Tieing an animal in small rope, restricting its freedom and torture for years and when its milking age is over, abandon it to live a miserable life out of garbage and die of hunger and large plastic deposits in its stomach. 2) Kill the animal gracefully when one feel like they cant look after it... For many there is a distinction between human and cow. Unlike some Hindus, many dont treat cow as their mother. For those who treat cow as their mother, have a question.. why is cow left to eat out from grabage ? Is is how you treat your mother ?
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                          S.Suresh
                          Jul 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm
                          Once upon a time all were eating not only vegetable but also flesh. We can advise them to use vegetarian do not kill any animals. You can call 100 percent vegetarian when you do not use leather goods and Silk clothes. We cannot kill anyone in the name god. That is the real civilized society.
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