Singbhum: In Jharkhand, six people were beaten to death yesterday by mobs amid rumours of child stealing gangs.
One of the three men was assaulted by a mob of as many as 100 people, while two others were tracked down through the day from a nearby village, dragged out and lynched.
“These are highly superstitious acts that can not be called communal”, said East Singhbhum senior police superintendent of police, Anup T Mathew.
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.
Three persons were lynched by the villagers who suspected them of being child lifters in Nagadih, within the limits of Bagbera police station, last night, Superintendent of Police (City) Prasant Anand said. Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Rakesh Bansal told The Telegraph.
Police denied reports that a number of child abduction cases were reported in the region as part of trafficking rackets.
Allegations of child kidnapping were circling through five or six villages in the region, said the police. Suspecting a communal angle to the murders, angry relatives refused to bury the bodies till the killers were arrested and the government paid Rs. 25 lakh each to the dependents. In April, a man transporting cattle died after being beaten by a mob. Hence, they can not be called strangers. The mob chased the auto till Daru village, and while three escaped, they started beating Sheikh Naim, and set their vehicle on fire.
Eye witnesses said the attack was unprovoked and the victims were not given any chance to defend themselves.