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Accused of Tabrez Ansari's alleged mob lynching shot down by Muslims: No, the viral picture is of a gangster

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After a man named Tabrez Ansari died after a mob thrashed him in Jharkhand recently on the suspicion on theft, several posts and tweets have been shared by social media users regarding the same. There is a lot of fake news surrounding the death of Ansari and we had recently debunked one. Several people on social media are sharing a picture of a heavily wounded man claiming that he is a Hindu man who was involved in Ansari’s murder and was shot by Muslims.

The tweet shared by many, roughly translates to “Hindu man who had beaten Tavrej Ansari in Jharkhand was shot by Muslims”. The tweets have been attached with pictures of a heavily wounded man who was claimed to be one of the accused in the mob lynching.

Some users have also shared the pictures of Pappu Mandal who is one of the accused in Tabrez Ansari’s murder claiming that his body was found with bullet injuries and stabs.

Farhan Azmi tweeted, "Apparently the group that lynched & murdered #TabrezAnsari was lead by a BJP member called #pappumandal . Pappu Mandals body was found yesterday with bullet injuries & stabs. The video I have received is too #graphic to share online.Eye for an eye will leave #india blind for sure".

The video Farhan is talking about can be watched here.

The picture of Pappu Mandal and the picture of the dead body has been juxtaposed together to claim that he has been killed.

Our Investigation

After some research online, we found that the person in the picture is Pinku Kala. The graphic image shared by social media users is from when Kala was shot on 28th June 2019 at Baldeobagh in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh,  following a dispute with Akki Mishra who is from the same area. According to reports, Pinku Kala was an infamous gangster who has more than 2 dozen murder cases against him. 

We found a video on Youtube as well. At 00:17 seconds you can see the dead body. 

The other viral images are of Pappu Mandal who is very much alive.

Fact

The claim that a ‘Hindu man’ was shot dead by Muslims after being accused in the alleged lynching of Tabrez Ansari is false. The pictures that are surfacing the internet is of Pinku Kala who was murdered last month and not the accused Pappu Mandal. It is to be noted that Mandal has been arrested and is in jail.

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