A 22-year-old man died after being detained in police custody for allegedly sharing an “objectionable comment” about beef on WhatsApp at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Sunday in Jharkhand’s Jamtara district .
The family of the victim, Minhaj Ansari, claimed that he succumbed to his injuries after being beaten up and tortured by the police, reports The Indian Express.
Ansari’s family had filed an FIR against the Sub-Inspector Harish Pathak, the officer-in-charge of Narayanpura police station. Pathak was charged with murder after the youth’s death.
Ansari along with few others was taken into custody on October 2 over the controversial Whatsapp comment. However, the others were released a day later.
Police officers claimed that Ansari was suffering from encephalitis, a condition that leads to a sudden inflammation of the brain and had resulted in his death. They also claimed that group had been detained because it was feared it could spread communal tensions ahead of Dussehra and Muharram.
Many took to social media to express shock and attacked the BJP government for the incident
Asaduddin Owaisi attacked BJP for attacking Muslims
News : Held for WhatsApp message on beef, youth dies in custodyhttps://t.co/tsq4GMmjQi ONE more death because of BEEF in a BJP ruled state— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) October 12, 2016
The police is a sanghi puppet https://t.co/CxPVSftBuf— WhoKilledKarkare (@whokilldkarkare) October 12, 2016
Man dies in custody after making *unsavoury* beef comment. Hindu nationalism as brilliant as Islamic nationalism!https://t.co/1ShIE9mAgi— Aki Muthali (@AkiMuthali) October 12, 2016
Situation on ground is like cancer any Muslim can be Lynch anytime on the rumour of Beef https://t.co/ILMefRn4Vc— Intekhab Alam (@Bhola4U) October 12, 2016
The tale of 2 ‘communal’ WhatsApp messagesRSS man’s arrest:Cops sufferhttps://t.co/TNi6iFwhfSMuslim youth dieshttps://t.co/0g8ZoTCdXO— Rakesh Sharma (@rakeshfilm) October 12, 2016
Apparently Whatsapp abt beef is going to incite communal tension but killing a young boy for said message is not https://t.co/XLKZe0rvSR— Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) October 12, 2016
An ‘objectionable WhatsApp message on beef’ leads to an arrest and death. Definitely a new low. https://t.co/hNMRfh1KrE— Jugal R Purohit (@jrpur) October 12, 2016
(Feature image is representational | Source: PTI)