Patil reacted to the incident at an All India Seminar on Judicial Reforms organised by the Confederation of Indian Bar in New Delhi on Saturday after reports of a fight between two students over a mobile phone turned into a mob fury in Hajipur. One of the students stabbed the other and was later dragged to the streets by a mob and beaten mercilessly.
He had been taken to police custody, but the angry crowd dragged him out and thrashed him in full public view. The police just watched helplessly. His condition is critical.