2nd week, four mob lynchings: Bihar government remains mum

In the last 2 weeks four incidents of mobs beating up men from the Muslim community have emerged.

Mob Lynching

Within a span of a week another incident of a Muslim man being lynched has been reported from Bihar.  Abbas Ansari, resident of Maliya Tola of Mirpur village of East Champaran district of Bihar has been allegedly beaten to death by a mob. In the last two weeks, reports of lynching have been reported from four districts of Bihar (Gaya, Raxaul, Samastipur, East Champaran).

On Wednesday, February 22, a mob in Gaya, Bihar, ruthlessly beat up Mohd Babar, Sajid and Rakhmuddeen –three Muslim youths– on “suspicion of theft”, killing one near instantly and leaving the other two in critical condition. Family members of the victims have asserted that it was an incident of “targeted killing”. Bihar Police has set up an SIT to probe the incident.

In Raxaul, a Hindu mob thrashed an elderly Muslim man, Ansarul Sheikh for allegedly carrying beef, while he kept insisting that he was carrying bull meat. A case was instead registered against Sheikh and he was remanded to custody.


On February 25, Mohammad Faiyaz, a Muslim youth with a mental health disability, was beaten to death by a mob in Samastipur. The family alleged that a villager Mahendra Paswan had tied up Faiyaz in his house.



Despite the frequency of such incidents in such a short period, the Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar has not found its voice to ensure justice to its minority Muslim population. As per 2011 census data Muslims form 16.9% of the population in Bihar


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