Jharkhand lynching culprits should get max punishment: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was hurt by the lynching of a Muslim man in Jharkhand and the guilty should get maximum punishment, while also stressing that it would be unfair to label the state a hub of mob violence as the law applied equally to incidents in all states.

While condemning the incident, Modi countered the opposition’s suggestion that the BJP-ruled state was prone to such incidents. He said all such violence, whether in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala, must invite uniform condemnation so that perpetrators understand that there is strong political consensus against them.

“The incident (Jharkhand lynching) has pained all of us, including myself. The culprits must get the strictest punishment,” Modi said.

Some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of mob lynching and mob violence. Is this fair? Is it right to defame the entire state and everyone living there? We have no right to defame the entire state,” Modi said during his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha.

The victim, Tabrez Ansari, was thrashed by a mob in Jharkhand’s Saraikela Kharsawan district last week for alleged theft. A few days later, he succumbed to injuries. A video of members of the mob asking him to shout “Jai Shri Ram” went viral.

Police have arrested 11 of the attackers. Authorities have also suspended two policemen for dereliction of duty.

The Prime Minister said the law would take care of the incident and the culprits, and the political class must do more to strengthen the system. He said all political parties should stand together against such acts.

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