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Indian police arrest ringleader of mob beaten Muslim man to death

NEW DELHI: Indian police arrested the ringleader of the mob who tortured a Muslim man for hours to death.

The mob had forced the victim to shout Hindu slogan before death.

A 10-minute video of the incident which went viral on the internet, shows scores of men beating Tabrez Ansari. The video is the latest case of religious violence in India.

The mob also forced Mr Ansari to shout “Jai Shri Ram” — Hail Lord Ram.

Mr Ansari died in hospital on Saturday, four days after he was attacked, tied to a pole, then beaten and punched over accusations that he carried out a burglary in Jharkhand state.

The mob killing was captured on a video, which has gone viral since the victim died.

“We have arrested the main accused for the murder, but a dozen people from the mob are on the run,” Seraikela Police Chief Kartik S said.

Police said the villagers accused the 24-year-old victim of theft and beat him for nearly 12 hours.

Mr Ansari was first taken into custody before he was later transported to hospital.

News of his death emerged as India’s Government rejected a US State Department report that said religious intolerance and violence against minorities had spiked under right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The US religious freedom report said there had been an increase in attacks by groups claiming to protect cows — considered sacred by Hindus — on Muslims and low-caste Dalits since 2014, when Mr Modi came to power.