The man arrested on beef in Jharkhand over WhatsApp messages that the authorities said were inflammatory, Minhaz Ansari, had died in custody

The man arrested on beef in Jharkhand over WhatsApp messages that the authorities said were inflammatory, Minhaz Ansari, had died in custody because of encephalitis and not on account of beating, a postmortem examination has concluded.

Minhaz, 22, was detained in Jamtara district on October 2 for an objectionable post on WhatsApp. He died on October 9 at a hospital in Ranchi. His family had alleged that he had been beaten and tortured by law enforcement.

The postmortem report said his body bore internal injury and abrasions, sources said. Doctors also suspect had had not been fed in the first days of police custody. His viscera will be sent to a forensic laboratory for further assessment.

On October 4, the police had presented Minhaz before the media, describing why he were detained.

Following the allegations of torture after his departure, the police set up an inquiry.

While the others were let off, Minhaz, who supposedly began the group, was arrested and charged.

A circular has been issued by the Dumka district government for administrators of Whatsapp groups that say they should only declare people they personally understand. Additionally, they'll result in any member posting offensive content.

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