Here is a case of inexplicable ‘mob justice’, which resulted in the death of an unsuspecting commuter in Nawada.
The locals mistook him for a child lifter, did not give him any opportunity to explain and lynched him, as he tried to escape the mob fury on Monday.
The commuter was driving a Bolero jeep and alone in the vehicle. With a big jam on the main road, he tried to take the village route and lost direction. He asked the locals as to which way he should go and moved accordingly.
Near Awama turning under Rajauli police station area, his innocuous queries raised doubts among locals. Suspecting him to be a child lifter, the locals intercepted his vehicle on NH-31 and beat him up. As he tried to flee, the locals chased him and gave him a sound thrashing. He succumbed to the injuries soon after following which angry villagers also torched the vehicle. The deceased is yet to be identified.
When the police reached the spot, villagers pelted stones at the police team. The police, however, managed to bring the situation under control. The body has been sent for post mortem.
DIG, Magadh range, NH Khan said it was a case of sheer mistaken identity.“I have gathered from the SP, that the driver was asking for direction from the locals, as he had absolutely no idea of the geography. The locals presumed him to be a child lifter, though no such incident has been reported there in the past” he added.
Khan said the matter was very serious.“I have asked the SP to get a case of murder registered and identify the people behind it. Some local criminals may be involved in it. Strict action will be taken against those involved” he said, adding he would try to ensure that the case does not end with registering of an FIR against unidentified people.