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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Accused of stealing five chairs, two youths hung upside down, thrashed in Bihar village

The perpetrators of the barbaric incident released the victims only after forcing them to pay up Rs 3,000 as compensation for the chairs that had gone missing after a wedding ceremony.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2017 20:40 IST
Prasun K Mishra
Prasun K Mishra
Hindustan Times, Kaimur
This picture shows the victims being assaulted at Sonbarsa vilage in Kaimur district of western Bihar, on Saturday.
This picture shows the victims being assaulted at Sonbarsa vilage in Kaimur district of western Bihar, on Saturday. (HT photo)

Mere suspicion of a petty theft attracted medieval punishment for two young men at a village in western Bihar, on Saturday.

The two youths,were tied with ropes ,hung upside down and given a sound thrashing by a group of muscle-wielding men, on a mere suspicion that they had stolen five plastic chairs hired for a wedding ceremony at the village.

The victims, Raj Kumar Bind and Birbal Bind, both in their early 20s, were released hours later and only after their poor families paid Rs 3,000 as compensation to wedding ceremony host Mahangu Bind, for the chairs that had gone missing.

The incident took place at Sonbarsa village under Nuaon police station area of Kaimur district in western Bihar, about 200 km west of state capital, Patna and about 57 km north of the Kaimur district headquarters town of Bhabua.

However, an FIR in connection with the barbaric incident was registered at the Nuaon police station only on Sunday, after the word about the brutal beating spread in the area and the scared boys were persuaded to make a complaint.

One person has since been arrested in connection with the incident while several others were on the run.

Confirming the developments, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Jagannath Reddy who is also holding charge of Kaimur SP, said he came to know about the incident on Sunday and had directed the station house officer (SHO), Nuaon, to lodge an FIR and arrest the assailants.

Detailing the incident, sources said a wedding party had arrived last week from Balia (Uttar Pradesh) at Mahangu Bind’s house at Sonbarsa. After the ‘baraat’ returned, five plastic chairs hired from a tent house, were found missing.

Suspecting co-villagers Raj Kumar and Birbal to be behind the theft, Mahangu called them to his house on Saturday, hung them upside down and assaulted them in full public view. The ‘suspects’ were released only after their families paid Rs 3000, to cover for the price of the chairs.

Nuaon SHO Birendra Paswan said the victims were not ready to lodge a case against Mahangu and his associates out of fear. “Only after I brought them to the police station and assured them of security that they revealed the names of assailants and a named FIR was lodged against Shribhagwan Bind, Mahangu Bind, Sahangu Bind and Dipak Bind”, he said.

Paswan said Shribhagwan had been arrested while others were absconding. “They, too, will be arrested soon”, he added.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 20:40 IST