2 Muslim cowherds lynched and hanged to death

Mazlum Ansari, 32, and Imteyaz Khan, 13, were heading to an animal fair to sell their cattle when they were allegedly lynched and hanged from a tree by a mob in Balumath on 17 March 2016. The area has a history of disputes between Hindus and Muslims over cattle trade and eating beef. All arrested accused have been granted bail by Jharkhand HC. Police is reluctant to associate the attack to right wing hindutva organisations even when it is well know that accused persons are part of such groups. Family has refused to accept the meager amount of Rs.1 lakh offered by the Jharkhand chief minister, as they lost the breadwinners of the family. They are demanding a government job in order to sustain the family, and pursuing legal justice.

Other Informations
Source of information Fact Finding Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 2 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed Yes : FIR bearing FIR No. 43/2016 was registered in PS Balumath dated 18.03.2016, u/s 147, 148, 307, 353, 323, 337 and 338 IPC against some named villagers and many unknown persons on the complaint of Aftab Alam, Block Developm
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

FIR No. 42 dated 18.03.2016 was registered in PS Balumath, Latehar Distt., u/s 302, 201, 34 IPC against Binod Prajapati and 3-4 other unknown members of the Gau Raksha Dal

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory :Police on one hand has filed a criminal case against the family members of the deceased and others who protesting against the brutal murder, while on the other hand is reluctant to investigate the role of Hindutva right wi Current status Trial ongoing
Charges Filed Other details All 8 accused released on bail by HC, 6 months after the first arrests
judgement Reference other information
Civil society reports

Lynching Without End (2016), by Citizens Against Hate group

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Main Information
Date of incident: March 17, 2016
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Cow Related Violence
  • Number of people Killed 2
    Name of the victim : Mazlum Ansari & Imteyaz Khan
    Name of Perpetrator Binod Prajapati, Arun Sao, member of Bajrang Dal, GRD. Mithilesh Sao, ditto
    State Jharkhand
    District/City Latehar
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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