RANCHI: Five men have been arrested and two police officers suspended amid outrage across the country over the fatal mob attack on a man in Jharkhand last week. The police are on the lookout for at least one more person accused of beating 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari last Tuesday for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.A 24-year-old man, who was allegedly beaten for hours is seen in a purported video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”, died four days later, police said on Monday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceA Special Investigation Team has been set up to look into the death of Tabrez Ansari, who was declared brought dead to the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur on June 22, Saturday, police said. The recently married Ansari was rushed to the Saraikela Sadar (district) Hospital after he complained of uneasiness on June 21, three days after he was tied to a pole and beaten with sticks through the night of June 18. On June 22, he was referred to the Tata Hospital in Jamshedpur. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize”We have formed an SIT to probe into the matter… and it has already conducted raids in the area on Sunday night,” Superintendent of Police Karthik S said. Asked about the purported video of the incident, which is being circulated widely on social media and in which a mob is heard forcing Ansari to chant the slogans, Karthik S said a case has been lodged against an accused of inciting “communal sentiments”. “Papu Mandal has been arrested and an inquiry into the incident is on,” the SP added. Ansari’s assault took place on June 18 when he was returning here from Jamshedpur, about 30 km from here, with two friends. Some villagers caught them and accused them of stealing a motorcycle at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, police officials said. Though Ansari’s friends managed to escape, he was tied to a pole and beaten up with sticks through the night, they said. He was then handed over to police by the villagers, the SP said. Ansari’s wife has filed a complaint in which she has named several people, a police officer said.
“Villagers from neighboring areas alerted the authorities and we carried out autopsies,” wildlife veterinary surgeon Chandana Jayasinghe said. “The deaths were caused by lightning.” Local villagers in Mahavilachchiya, 250 kilometers (156 miles) north of Colombo, had reported heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning in the shrub jungle area on Friday when the elephants were thought to have been struck. Four elephants, including two calves, were killed by lightning in the northe in one of the worst wildlife tragedies to hit the country in years, the AFP news agency quoted officials as saying.A female elephant, aged about 25 years, and two of her calves, aged 10 months and two years, and an 8-year-old female were found dead today just outside the Wilpattu wildlife sanctuary, an official said. It was the worst natural disaster involving elephants since February 2011 when four baby elephants drowned in a major flood in the north-east of the country.Elephants are venerated in the mainly Buddhist country and they are a highly protected species. Elephant deaths must be investigated and death certificates issued before disposing of the carcasses. Despite tough conservation laws and the elephant’s association with Buddhism, nearly 200 jumbos are killed each year by villagers after accidentally straying onto farmland, while the animals themselves kill about 50 people each year.Sri Lanka’s elephant population has reduced to just over 7,000, according to a census five years ago, down from a population of over 12,000 at the start of the 20th century.