Vigilante justice seems to be getting more brutal by the day. In an incident that brings back memories of the Bhagalpur blindings of 1980s, the eye of a motorcycle thief was gouged out while two of his associates were brutally assaulted by an infuriated mob in Bihar's Nawada district on Sunday evening.
The three boys, aged about 17-18 years, allegedly snatched a motorcycle at gunpoint from one Mahendra Prasad of Harinarayanpur village under Sirdalla police station. Prasad used his cellphone to inform a relative residing in a village that fell on the route the thieves had taken. A group of villagers caught up with the three boys near Sirdala. Dragging them off the stolen motorcycle, the villagers brutally assaulted them and gouged out the right eye of Tinku Singh with a sharp tool. Sirdala police station officer in-charge Manoj Singh said the mob was intent on lynching the boys and the police just about managed to rescue them.
The three were rushed to Nawada Sadar Hospital where doctors said Tinku had lost his eye for good and the condition of all three was quite serious.
The Sirdalla police have registered an FIR against unidentified persons. An officer said that though Prasad had said the three were armed, no guns was found as the mob had probably taken them away.
Tinku, Guddu Singh and Saket Singh have numerous cases of kidnapping, murder and robbery against them and are wanted by the police of Gaya, Buniadganj and Fatehpur.
children thrashed, tonsured
Close on the heels of this incident, two children were beaten, paraded on the streets and their heads tonsured by a group of villagers. Their crime: allegedly stealing a few packs of detergent.
Mochu, 13, and Budhan, 12, allegedly stole the detergent from the shop of their employer Sahu Lal on Monday. The children have claimed they have not been paid their wages for the last several months. A case has been registered against Sahu Lal and five others under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Child Labour (Prevention) Act. All of them are absconding.