New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the police dropped murder charges against the accused in Tabrez Ansari lynching case, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on Thursday termed the incident unfortunate and said it was a criminal act.

"I don't know what had happened in the court. I want that whatever had happened, whatever criminal act had happened, guilty should be punished," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

Reddy said he would talk to the state government on the matter.

Asked about the police scaling down the charges against the 13 accused from murder to culpable homicide, he said "law will take its own course".

Also Read: Four apprehended in Noida shootout, third encounter in three days

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs dismissed the suggestion that alleged incidents of lynching have been taking place only in BJP ruled states.

"There were similar incidents in West Bengal too. So many such cases have happened in the past, not all (have been) in the BJP ruled states," he said.

Reddy said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that such incidents should not take place anywhere.

On June 17, 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was attacked by mob in SaraiKela-Kharsawan district of Jharkhand on suspicion of bike theft.

Videos had gone viral showing Ansari being beaten up while tied to a pole and being forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'.

On Tuesday, police have dropped murder charges against all the 13 accused in the lynching case of Ansari, after doctors said that he died of a cardiac arrest caused by the combined effect of the severe trauma that he received.

Earlier, the 13 accused were arrested in connection to his death.

Posted By: James Kuanal