Murder Charge Reinstated in Tabrez Ansari Case
Jharkhand Police on Wednesday, 18 September, reinstated the charge of murder, Section 302 of the IPC, in lynch mob victim Tabrez Ansari’s case following The Quint’s exclusive report of it being dropped in the charge sheet, submitted on 29 July. They moved court for this addition in a supplementary charge sheet filed on 18 September.
Reacting to the murder charge being reinstated, Ansari’s wife Shahista told The Quint: “I am very happy that this has happened. Some faith in the administration and investigative agencies has been restored. This is great news for us. They (the accused) deserve the strictest punishment.” Speaking to news agency ANI, she said that she has faith in god and will only smile when the perpetrators are hanged.
In this supplementary charge sheet, the police has said that initially they dropped the murder charge on the basis of the post-mortem report but added it after they found out that the viral video of the lynching was not tampered with. This video was then used as evidence to file murder charges against the accused. The police not only filed murder charges against the eleven initial accused but against two additional men taking the total accused in the case to thirteen.…
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