Police today fired in the air to disperse a mob which blocked roads here, demanding arrest of those involved in the lynching of four persons of a community in Seraikela-Kharswan district. “Police fired in the air and hurled tear gas shells to disperse the mob. However, the situation is under control now and adequate force have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order, Deputy Commissioner of East Singhbhum district Amit Kumar said. The protesters gathered in the Mango area here demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the lynching of four person of their community under Rajnagar police station area, police said. The members of a community also put up road blockade in Dhatkidih under Bistupur police station area of East Singhbhum district, disrupting traffic movement. Four persons were lynched on Thursday by villagers suspecting them to be child lifters in Seraikela-Kharswan district.
Three others were also lynched on the suspicion of being child lifters on the same day at Nagadih in East Singhbhum district. Meanwhile, Muslim Ekta Manch (MEM) today submitted a memorandum to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das through the deputy commissioner demanding arrest of the culprits. The MEM demanded stringent action against those involved in spreading child lifting rumours. The Congress today alleged that there was “jungle raj” in the state. “Beginning from Jamshedpur, Seraikela, Dhanbad and Bokaro, the rumours of child lifting has been gaining ground for the last seven days, which led to lynching,” AICC spokesperson Ajoy Kumar in a statement.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das had yesterday announced Rs 2 lakh compensation to the family members of each victims lynched by the villagers in Seraikela-Kharswan and East Singhbhum districts on the suspicion of being child lifters. Das had strongly condemned the incidents and directed the officials to identify the miscreants who spread rumours about child lifters and those taking law in their own hands.