Killed by mob in Jharkhand over rumours of child kidnapping

Three Muslim cattle traders were lynched by an angry mob allegedly over child-lifting rumours in a Jharkhand village on Thursday night. The mob also assaulted police officers when they tried to intervene leaving many of them seriously injured, reported one India's daily.

According to the WhatsApp rumours, child lifter gangs are abducting children for kidney transplants.

Unfortunately, the police has remained a mere spectator and has refrained to take against the large crowd of the villagers in all these incidents.

Telegraph reported that the group of four traders were on their way from Haldipokhar last night to Rajnagar to buy cattle at a local market when a mob, enraged at rumours of "child lifting", intercepted their vehicle at Shobhapur village in Rajnagar block.

"Police fired in the air and hurled tear gas shells to disperse the mob in Mango".

On Thursday, separate incidents of violence in Raj Nagar village of Seraikela-Kharsawa district and Bagbera Police Station area of East Singhbhum districts claimed the lives of seven persons suspected of being child lifters.

The body of a man who was missing after three of his friends were beaten to death on Friday under Rajnagar police station area was found from Dandugungri Pahari under the same police station area of Seraikela-Kharswan district, said Superintendent of Police Rakesh Bansal.

"We have deployed adequate force including Rapid Action Force to maintain law and order", he said.

The Jharkhand government has already announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the victims. Taking self cognizance of the incident the chief minister has condemned the killings and has instructed the district administration to take strict action against those who spread such kind of rumours and try to disturb the communal harmony of the state.

  • Zachary Reyes