Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the lynching of a young man by a mob in Jharkhand had pained him but said it was unfair to blame the entire state for it.
“The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us have the right to insult Jharkhand,” the Prime Minister said in his reply to the Motion of Thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to Parliament.
Whether it is Jharkhand, or West Bengal or Kerala, incidents of violence should be treated in the same manner and the perpetrators of violence should get the message that the entire country is one on this issue, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minster’s remarks come two days after the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, condemned the incident of mob lynching in Jharkhand’s Seraikela district. Azad has said in the Rajya Sabha that Jharkhand had become a den of mob lynchings and mob violence.
Tabrez Ansari, 22, died in a hospital, after he was thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village on June 20 on suspicion of theft. He was also forced to shout “Jai Shri Ram” slogans.
Ansari’s wife has questioned the role of the police in her husband’s death, alleging he was not given timely medical treatment.