The barbaric lynching of a Nalanda based private residential school director, Devendra Prasad Sinha, took place in full public view and despite the presence of the police, following the recovery of two bodies of children from a pond close to the institution on Sunday.Reports quoting eyewitnesses say, had the police intervened, the unfortunate incident could have been averted. However, the police remained a mute spectator, while the locals took law into their own hands to carry out the murder.
According to sources, the body of the first boy was recovered at 8.05 am and the second, at 8.55 am.
Suspecting foul play, a huge mob assembled on the school premises located in Nirpur under Nalanda police station, 20 kms west of Biharsharif district headquarters.
Meanwhile, school director Devendra Prasad Sinha, who was in Hilsa, rushed back to the school and not finding the principal, his wife, rushed to Nalanda police station to report her disappearance. He returned to the school on a police patrol car, which is when the angry mob pulled him out of the vehicle and lynched him, while the police stood by, without resorting to lathicharge, nor firing to disperse the crowd.
The director’s daughter, Swarnlata, has alleged police complicity in the lynching and sought a CBI probe into it. She has also alleged the “dubious’’ role of his father’s second wife Pramila and her brother in the killing.
“I have prayed to chief minister Nitish Kumar to recommend a CBI probe into the death of my father because he was lynched in the presence of police officials who were silent spectators,” Sawarnlata said.
ADG ( headquarters) Sunil Kumar on Monday said DIG (central range) Shalin has been sent to Nalanda to conduct a highlevel probe into the incident.
“Whoever is found guilty in the incident, will not be spared. We have identified eight persons involved in the lynching of the director on the basis of video footage,” he added.
Shalin said, the role of the police would also be examined and if it is found guilty of slow response, or any inadequacy in the wake of the volatile situation, action would follow. Kartikey while talking to HT said that the sadar hospital doctors had after autopsy of the bodies of the two children, suggested, that they died due to drowning.
Meanwhile, the situation in Nalanda continued to be tense, a day after the lynching, with hundreds of angry protestors blocking vehicular and train movement in protest against the lynching of the director. They were demanding the arrest of the culprits and action against guilty police officials. Private schools in Nalanda also remained closed on Monday.
Nalanda, the chief minister’s home turf, has been posing the biggest law and order challenge for him, of late.
In the last three days, Nalanda has witnessed three murders. On Friday last, a JD-U leadercum president of Malmas Mela Bachao Samiti, Awadhesh Kumar and a woman, Rani Devi were killed in separate incidents.