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MP Police to replicate Maharashtra police’s step to check mob violence in Madhya Pradesh

Police department is now planning to make videos and circulate the same on social media particularly WhatsApp to create awareness among people on various kinds of rumours

bhopal Updated: Jul 29, 2018 22:47 IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
(Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)
(Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)(HT File PHOTO)

Madhya Pradesh police has identified at least 15 to 17 districts in the state affected by mob violence or rumours related to cow slaughter, child lifting and gouging of kidneys, said police sources.

As per sources, the police department is now planning to make videos and circulate the same on social media particularly WhatsApp to create awareness among people on various kinds of rumours on the pattern of Maharashtra and Delhi police.

Of the mob violence incidents in Madhya Pradesh in a little more than two months a woman who was suspected to be a child lifter was lynched in Singrauli on July 19. Earlier in May third week a Muslim was lynched and his companion was seriously injured by a mob on suspicion of their being involved in a cow slaughter in Satna district, as per police sources.

In June 3rd week two persons were rescued from a mob that suspected them to be involved in a kidney racket in Balaghat. The district witnessed about three incidents more of mob violence in the past two months. However, the victims were rescued and nobody lost his life unlike in Singrauli and Satna lynching incidents, said the police sources.

When rumours on the kidney racket spread to Balaghat’s adjoining districts a ‘bahurupia’ (A person who entertains people, in different costumes) and two others were beaten up at Barghat in Seoni district. At Barghat itself 7 to 8 persons of a company who were in the district for promotion of their company’s products were beaten up. Similarly, at Keolari in Seoni a mentally challenged man was attacked and seriously injured. A ‘bahurupia’ was attacked by a mob in Singrauli having been suspected to be a child-lifter. All these incidents took place in the past two months, as per police sources.

As far as action against rumour mongers is concerned there has not been much success on the police department part. Of a few actions a journalist was booked in Singrauli for spreading child lifting rumours through Whatsapp in June last week, said sources.

However, additional director general of police (intelligence) Rajiv Tandon said, “Police are taking action against rumour mongers and accused of mob violence both. Since rumour mongers are using social media particularly WhatsApp to spread rumours we plan to circulate video clippings on awareness through WhatsApp once we are done with it.”

He said, “When it comes to rumours we are focussed on all kinds of rumours at the same time whether these are related to cow slaughter, child lifting or kidney racket to identify the culprits behind it. We are also taking swift action against miscreants involved in mob violence or lynching. In Singrauli lynching case as many as nine persons were booked immediately on the charge of murder. In Satna lynching case too the police were swift to arrest the accused”, he added.

In the meantime, consequent to the Supreme Court’s directive on July 17 on mob violence a circular has been sent to all the deputy inspectors general (DIGs) of police and superintendents of police (SPs) in districts from the police headquarters through which SPs have been made nodal officers to be assisted by a DySP in every district ‘who will be responsible for checking mob violence/mob lynching incidents in their respective districts and take effective action on the same’.

First Published: Jul 29, 2018 22:47 IST

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