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Mob justice: 3 men killed on false charge of child lifting

The incident took place at Sobhapur village under Rajnagar police station in Saraikela-Kharsawan district on Thursday morning.

ranchi Updated: May 19, 2017 09:21 IST
Manoj Choudhary
Police force deployed at Sobhapur village under Rajnagar police station after, killing three persons by locals, suspecting them as members of child stealing gang in Seraikela-Kharsawan
Police force deployed at Sobhapur village under Rajnagar police station after, killing three persons by locals, suspecting them as members of child stealing gang in Seraikela-Kharsawan(Manoj Kumar/ HT Photo)

A mob of nearly 20 youths on Thursday lynched three men to death over false charges of child lifting, taking the toll to four killings and six assaults by the public in the last ten days over such rumours in Jharkhand’s Kolhan division.

The incident took place at Sobhapur village under Rajnagar police station in Saraikela-Kharsawan district on Thursday morning.

The victims—Sheikh Naim, Md Halim and Md Sajjad—who were on way to Seraikela from Jamshedpur in a car, were intercepted by the villagers at Sobhapur. Suspecting them as members of child theft gang, they started thrashing the trio till they fell unconscious. The police reached the spot to rescue the trio, but were also attacked by the mob. The group of youths torched the police van and victims’ car. The police, however, rushed the injured to hospital where they died during treatment.

Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Kolhan division, Prabhat Kumar, said three persons were killed in Rajnagar by the public, suspecting them as members of child theft gang.

“The police have witnessed that innocent persons have been killed by the people over false charges of child stealing gang operating in the division. However, no one has come forward with complaint of child theft. We have appealed Kolhan residents for not taking notice of such rumours,” the DIG said.

Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police, Rakesh Bansal, too, confirmed that villagers attacked the three youths suspecting them as members of a child theft gang. “After thrashing them severely, locals attacked police patrol party and torched their vehicle. Two police officials, Sarjan Soren and Gurunath Singh, sustained injuries in the incident,” he added. Sarjan’s condition deteriorated later and he had to be shifted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) in Jamshedpur for advanced treatment.

“The other injured were rushed to a local hospital, where they breathed last. Senior police personnel and senior officials of the district administration are camping at the site to maintain law and order,” he said.

Police have identified 20 locals allegedly involved in the attacked and have launched search operation to apprehend them. A couple of vehicles have been seized from the crime spot. The SP said though the deceased were from a minority community, the incident did not take communal colour and the situation was under control. “We will spare no effort to book the culprits and ensure that rule of the land prevails,” the SP said.

Similar incidents of mob justice was witnessed on May 10 in East Singhbhum district when two persons were killed in Jadugoda and six others were assaulted in different regions of the district by the people who branded them as members of child lifters gang.