WB: Villagers lynch 6 on suspicion of child lifting

Jharkhand
Seven people have been lynched in Jharkhand in the past 24 hours over rumours of child abduction
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19 May, 2017

Thursday's incidents come a week after two people were beaten to death and as many were injured by a mob on suspicion that they were child lifters in Uranium township of Jadugora in East Singhbhum district.

While ruling out any communal motive to the incident, police said child-kidnapping rumours in the region may have caused the incident.

Out of the four persons who were in the vehicle, three managed to escape, while the remaining one was caught by the villagers and lynched. "A massive awareness drive is required to check the attacks and killings", he said, adding that his men were moving village to village shouting on loud speakers to dispel fears of child lifters. "There is no communal aspect", deputy inspector-general of police Prabhat Kumar was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

In numerous reported cases, the police have filed FIRs against the victims.

The police say rumours had been swirling in the region, as well as the neighbouring Saraikela district, where three cattle traders, Nayeem, Seraj Khan and Sajju, were thrashed to death by a mob.

The traders were travelling in a vehicle when a self-appointed child vigilante mob attacked them and set their auto on fire. Police officials said that when a police team arrived at the scene, the agitating villagers started throwing stones at the police. The men - identified as Sheikh Naim (35), Sheikh Sajju (25), Sheikh Halim (28), and Sheikh Siraj (26) - did not stop the vehicle.


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