Tabrez case: Police negligence, doctor’s lapses led to the death

RANCHI: A three-member inquiry panel constituted to look into the death of Tabrez Ansari finds ‘discrepancy in police version and medical lapses’ that led to the death of 24-year-old youngster from the minority community.

According to The Indian Express reports, Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Saraikela Basharat Qayyum, then Civil Surgeon A N Dey, and SDPO (headquarter) Chandan Kumar were the members of the inquiry panel constituted by the Saraikela-Kharsawan district administration in Jharkhand.

Key Findings

Talking to The Sunday Express, SDM Qayyum said that there were “lapses” by the doctors who failed to diagnose the health condition of Ansari properly.

 “Sub-arachnoid haemorrhage could be a possible cause of death and cannot be ruled out. Injuries were not detected initially and no investigations were ordered. Not even blood pressure and pulse were recorded. This was the initial lapse,” he said.

The probe report also stated that the jail administration knew that Ansari was beaten up by a mob and had injuries by a blunt object.

SDM Qayyum said, “The jail doctor in the ‘proforma for health screening of prisoner on admission to jail’ mentioned: ‘Allegedly assaulted by a mob with hard blunt object’.”

“Mob Lynching Video”

The incident came to light after a video went viral in which the newly married Tabrez was seen tied to a pole and thrashed by a mob on charges of theft.

Ansari, a welder by profession was beaten up brutally and also forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.

After the thrashing for over seven hours, the mob-handed over the severely wounded Ansari over to the police, which took him to a police post.

However, he had to be admitted to a hospital after his condition worsened and he died at the hospital on June 22 in Jharkhand’s Seraikela-Kharswan district.

Eleven people, including main accused Pappu Mandal, have been arrested in the lynching case.