Jharkhand Minister CP Singh on Monday said that it has become a trend to link the incidents of mob lynching with the BJP, RSS, VHP, and Bajrang Dal. He said that to politicize such incidents was not right and that the government will conduct an investigation.

“Trend prevalent these days to associate such incidents with BJP, RSS, VHP, and Bajrang Dal. It’s a time of cut and paste who fits what words where is difficult to say. The government will conduct an investigation. The trend to politicise such incidents is wrong,” said Singh.

Singh was responding to AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s comments on the Jharkhand mob lynching incident in which a Muslim youth died after he was beaten mercilessly. Owaisi had said that the incidents of mob lynching of Muslims under pretexts are not going to stop anytime soon. He had blamed the ruling BJP and RSS of spreading and increasing hatred and dislike against the Muslim community.

He also charged the two of successfully creating a negative image of Muslims in the country.

“Incidents of mob lynching aren’t going to stop because BJP and RSS have increased the sense of hatred against Muslims. They have successfully created a mindset where Muslims are seen as terrorists, anti-nationals and cow slaughterers,” ANI quoted Owaisi as saying.

On 18 June, a Muslim youth was allegedly attacked and beaten mercilessly by a mob in Kharsawan district of Jharkhand on the suspicion of theft. Reports say that the victim, who has been identified as 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari, was tied to a pole and beaten for more than 10 hours before being handed over to the police.

Tabrez Ansari died at a local hospital on June 22.