Tabrez Ansari lynching case accused face murder charge

-The Hindu

“I am happy that the accused will now be facing murder charges. We will not let anyone off the hook,” Ansari’s wife Sahista Pervez said.

Ranchi:
Making a U-turn in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case after allegations of attempts to weaken the case, the Jharkhand police submitted a supplementary charge sheet on Wednesday, seeking punishment under Section 302 of the IPC (murder) against 11 of the accused.

Another two accused, who were apprehended later, would also face murder charges. The Seraikela-Kharsawan police had earlier dropped the murder charges against the accused, contending that Ansari had died of cardiac arrest due to stress, and not injury. The charges were changed on the basis of a fresh forensic report.

The Jharkhand police headquarters in a press statement said: “The reason of death was reserved in view of pending viscera examination in the postmortem report received by police during the time of submission of charge sheet earlier. In the report of the Forensic Science Laboratory, doctors had opined that the death was caused due to cardiac arrest. But, the reason of heart attack was not clear.”

For further investigation, police had sought an opinion from a board of doctors of the MGM Medical College and Hospital.

On the basis of the new report, police came to the conclusion that the cardiac arrest was caused by the preceding violence inflicted with “hard and blunt object.”

Besides, the police have also received the integrity report of the video in which Tabrez was seen brutally beaten up.

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The Hindu, 18 September, 2019, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/tabrez-ansari-lynching-case-murder-charge-back-on-all-accused/article29452797.ece?homepage=true

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