4 suspected child lifters lynched

Gladys Abbott
May 20, 2017

Six persons were lynched by villagers in Seraikela-Kharswan district on Thursday on the suspicion that they were child lifters, the police said. They were travelling in a group of four, and the fate of the fourth person is not known yet.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today announced Rs 2 lakh compensation to the family members of each of the victims lynched by the villagers. The incident took place in Shobhapur village in Rajnagar block. The police have yet to lodge a First Information Report in the case, reported The Telegraph. The men - identified as Sheikh Naim (35), Sheikh Sajju (25), Sheikh Halim (28), and Sheikh Siraj (26) - did not stop the auto. One of the four men died in hospital.

The traders were travelling in a vehicle when a self-appointed child vigilante mob attacked them and set their auto on fire.

Cars and police jeeps were also targeted and set on fire by the villagers. There has been a spike in mob violence in the past few months across India, after self-appointed cow protectors gained legitimacy under certain indulgent state governments, to act as vigilantes and deliver mob justice to people they suspected as cattle smugglers.

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The whole incident started around midnight and went on till early morning hours. The mob was so violent that they did not listen, even when the local police tried to intervene. Villagers allegedly turned on the policemen and attacked them, leaving some of them injured.

Despite the fact that the victims of the mob lynching were only Muslims, police insisted there is no communal angle to it.

Likewise, at Jamshedpur in adjacent Saraikela district, three cattle traders were lynched over similar rumors.

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