10 more held in Jharkhand lynching case
Jamshedpur, May 30: Ten more persons were arrested in connection with lynching incidents in Seraikela-Kharswan and East Singhbhum districts, police said on Tuesday. Seven persons named in the FIR in connection with lynching of four persons in Shobhapur and Sosomouli villages under Rajnagar Police station of Seraikela-Kharswan district have been arrested on Tuesday, SP Rakesh Bansal said.
With these arrests, the total number of arrests in Rajnagar lynching incident has gone up to 11, Bansal said.
Earlier, three persons, allegedly involved in the Nagadih incident in East Singhbhum district, were arrested on Monday, police said.
Altogether, 42 persons have been arrested in the lynching incident in Jharkhand, which took place on May 18. The lynchings were allegedly sparked by suspicions that the victims were child lifters.
On May 22, Twenty people have been arrested in connection with lynching of seven persons in Jharkhand.
State Home Secretary S K G Rahate said a probe had been ordered into the two incidents of vigilantism in Rajnagar in Seraikela-Kharswan district and Nagadih in Jamshedpur, that claimed four and three lives respectively. The lynchings were allegedly sparked by suspicions that the victims were child lifters.
18 persons were arrested in connection with the lynching incident at Nagadih on May 18, and the subsequent violence on May 20.
The other two were held yesterday in connection with the lynching of four persons of a community in Seraikela-Kharswan.
Rahate told mediapersons in Ranchi that social media sites are being monitored and a WhatsApp group admin has been questioned. The report of the probe, to be conducted by the Kolhan division commissioner and DIG, would be submitted within a month, he said, adding that an FIR has also been lodged.
He said the incidents were triggered purely by rumours and villagers, in an act of vigilantism, took the law into their lands. A Jamshedpur report quoting an official release said the Kolhan DIG Prabhat Kumar has been asked by the home department to suspend the officers-in-charge of Rajnagar police station and Bagbera police station with immediate effect.
On May 20, protests at Mango area in Jamshedpur against the Rajnagar incident turned violent and prompted the police to open fire in the air and hurl tear gas shells to disperse the mob. Raids were on to apprehend the other culprits involved in the two incidents, Kumar said, adding that security forces, including a company of RAF have been deployed in the two areas.
The Deputy Commissioner of East Singhbhum district Amit Kumar has sought the cooperation of the people to share information about the miscreants, including their photos on social media and promised to protect the identity of those providing it.
He also directed the sub-divisional officers of Dhalbhum and Ghatsila, block development officers, deputy superintendents of police and panchayats to organise gram sabhas over the next one week from tomorrow to alert the people against social media rumours.