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Massive protest at Jantar Mantar against Tabrez killing

In a video, the youngster was purportedly seen being forced to chant "Jai Shree Ram" and "Jai Hanuman".

Massive protest at Jantar Mantar against Tabrez killing
Protest march against lynching of Tabrez Ansari. Photo: IANS

NEW DELHI: Protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and also in more than 50 other cities were held on Wednesday following the lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand.

Thousands of people hit the street to participate in a candlelight protest march rising hate crimes in the country. Supporters carried placards under the hashtag #IndiaAgainstLynchTerror and shouted slogans against the Modi government.

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Leading the protesters, a rights activist and alumnus of JNU Umar Khalid said, “Our rulers, like the British, thrive on sowing seeds of hatred and division. Let this be the beginning of an everyday fight against hate and for our rights.”

“Ever since this government has returned to power, the lynch mobs have become more confident. Jharkhand has seen many such ugly instances… India should unite against lynch terror before it is too late,” another protester Mohammad Nadeem said.

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Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) along with his supporters also joined the protest.

Merely a month and a half after his wedding, 22-year-old Ansari died in a hospital, days after he was allegedly tied to a pole and brutally thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela district of Jharkhand on suspicion of stealing a bike on June 17.

In a video, the youngster was purportedly seen being forced to chant “Jai Shree Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday at the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur.

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