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One killed, two injured as mob beats up suspected thieves in Jharkhand’s Palamu

The incident occurred at Tisibar village in Palamu, around 200 km northwest of state capital Ranchi, on Wednesday night, when the villagers caught and thrashed three persons, identified as Babloo, Guddu and Vikas. The three had come to attend a family function, police said.

Updated: Sep 06, 2018 18:28:17

By HT Correspondent

Police opened fire after angry villagers clashed with policemen trying to rescue victims from the mob. (HT/Picture for representation)

One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in another incident of mob lynching in Jharkhand, as villagers in Palamu district badly beat up three people they suspected of being thieves.

The incident occurred at Tisibar village under Pandu police station of Palamu, around 200 km northwest of state capital Ranchi, on Wednesday night, when the villagers caught and thrashed three persons, identified as Babloo, Guddu and Vikas and from the Mushhars community of scheduled castes.

The three had come to attend a family function, as per the police.

The three were beaten with sticks and dragged around as the locals alleged their involvement in an incident of theft in the village a night before. Six unidentified thieves, all wearing under garments only, had allegedly broken into a house in Tisibar on Tuesday night, and also beat up three inmates, including an elderly woman, during the incident.



As police rushed to the village after news of Wednesday’s mob attack, angry villagers clashed with the police team, led by Palamu deputy superintendent of police Surjit Kumar. The security personnel had to open fire to disperse the mob, officials said, adding no one was injured in the four rounds of firing.

The police team later rushed the injured to Bishrampur health centre before shifting them for better treatment at Palamu district hospital. “During treatment at Daltonganj, Babloo succumbed to injuries while two others are being treated,” Palamu superintendent of police Indrajit Mahatha said.

“Had the police not made timely intervention on getting information about the assault on three persons who were taken hostage by the mob when they had come to village to attend a family function, the situation could have been worse,” he added.

The police have lodged two separate cases in this regard. Following a complaint from the family members of the victims of the mob lynching, a murder case has been lodged against unidentified persons. A separate case against the villagers attacking the police party.

“We have identified those involved in the crime. As per the apex court directive, a speedy trial will be conducted to punish the guilty,” the SP said.

The country has recently witnessed a surge in incidents of lynching, the latest being a case in Rajasthan, where a man was beaten to death on suspicion that he was a cattle smuggler.

In Jharkhand, two men were allegedly lynched in Godda district in June on the suspicion of stealing cattle. The state saw a series of mob lynching attacks last year as well.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 18:28:17

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