Jharkhand: Waseem beaten to death over ‘New Year music’ played near graveyard

RANCHI: A Muslim teenager was beaten to death following an argument over the loud volume of music on New Year’s Day.

According to BBC news, the incident happened on the first day of 2018 in Mandar village of Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi.

The deceased teenager has been identified as 19-year-old Waseem Ansari, a daily wage labourer in Pune and had returned to Ranchi recently.

He along with two other friends approached a group of boys playing loud music and requested them to lower the volume.

However, the request turned into a heated argument and further escalated to a fight.

A senior police officer told BBC: “Preliminary inquiry suggests that a group was playing loud music to celebrate New Year’s Day.

“Waseem Ansari and two of his friends approached the group and told them to stop playing loud music. This led to an argument and Waseem was attacked by the group. It seems he was hit by one of the sharp instruments used in cooking.”

Hasibul Ansari, who witnessed the attack, told BBC: “These people were partying near a Muslim graveyard. When Waseem told them to stop, they killed him.

“His friends were lucky that they managed to escape in time. I am very sure they would have been killed too if they had not escaped.”
People in large number on Tuesday blocked National Highway – 33 demanding the arrest of the teenager’s killers.

Following the killing, extra security forces have been deployed to prevent untoward incident.

A senior police officer assured that the “suspects will be arrested soon” and requested to maintain peace between the communities.

“We have requested the two communities maintain peace. The suspects will be arrested soon.”