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Police restore murder charge against 11 accused in Tabrez Ansari lynching case

Police have restored murder charge against all the individuals accused in the Tabrez lynching case based on fresh medical reports.

Ranchi- After eight days the Jharkhand police dropped the murder charge against 11 accused on the mob lynching case of young Muslim man Tabrez Ansari, they brought back the same charge on the accused on Wednesday after obtaining a fresh medical report, an official said here.

Tabrez Ansari was seen on national television being beaten up with rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant Jai Shri Ram over alleged theft in June.

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“Based on a fresh medical report a supplementary charge sheet before a court in Seraikele – Kharsawan district retaining section 302 of the IPC against the 11 accused”, the official said.

The police have also filed a charge sheet against the remaining two accused charging them with murder after completing an investigation against them.

While the quantum of punishment under section 302 is death or imprisonment for life and five penalties under section 304 is imprisonment for life or imprisonment for 10 years.

Though there was evidence of the perpetrator’s link to any Hindu right organization, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists had protested their arrest.

A special Investigation Team was set up to look into the case and was declared brought level by doctors at Tata’s main hospital Jamshedpur on June 22.

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