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Mob assaults Muslim man found with woman at govt centre in Jharkhand

Doctors said the 25-year-old man suffered multiple injuries and is yet to regain consciousness after being assaulted by a mob in Jharkhand’s Bokaro

cities Updated: Aug 02, 2017 23:23 IST
Saurav Roy
Saurav Roy
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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A photo taken on June 30 shows a vehicle on flames after it was set ablaze by a mob over rumours that the driver was carrying beef. Several people have been killed or attacked by mobs in Jharkhand over the past few months. (HT file photo)

A 25-year-old man was battling for life on Wednesday after he was assaulted by a mob which allegedly found him in a compromising position with a woman at a government-run centre in Jharkhand’s Bokaro town, police said.

The man, identified as Sakib Ansari, was unconscious when police rescued him from the mob comprising 50-odd men. Doctors said Ansari suffered multiple injuries on his head, neck, legs and back.

Over the past few months, several people have been lynched in the BJP-ruled state over charges ranging from raping women, smuggling cow, and child-lifting.

The latest incident took place at a Pragya Kendra, a government-run service centre that offer facilities such as linking Aadhaar number with other documents, issuing caste certificates, voter ID cards and PAN cards.

When people turned up at the common service centre with their respective requisitions on Wednesday morning, they allegedly found Ansari half-naked with a woman at the Heena Market Pragya Kendra.

He was dragged out of the office premises and beaten with sticks, belts, shoes and slippers by the mob.

Ansari fell unconscious after the assault, but the mob continued thrashing him until the police intervened, sources said.

The police rushed Ansari to the Bokaro General Hospital. He was yet to regain consciousness, doctors said.

Bokaro deputy superintendent of police Poonam Minz said that the police have lodged an unnamed first information report against the mob, and arrested one Mantu Yadav in connection with the case.

“We have arrested one, and are scanning the CCTV footage to identify others who assaulted the man,” she said.

In April, a 25-year-old man was beaten to death in Saraikela Kharsawan for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl. On June 8, a 45-year-old man was lynched for allegedly raping a widow in Palamu and on June 27, another man was beaten to death by a mob for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in Dumka.

Police deployed additional security forces across the affected area to prevent the incident from snowballing into a communal conflagration.

“Rumour-mongers on social media too are under our scanner,” said a Bokaro police official working with the cyber cell of the district.

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 15:04 IST