Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, July 18: The district police have launched a massive awareness program against mob-lynching in all the 36 thana in the district. SSP Anoop Birtharay informed that the drive is being covered in all the areas.
In the wake of several incidents of mob attacks on strangers in the last few months, the police have issued a stern warning to people against spreading rumours or taking law into their own hands.
“People who spread false news or rumours will be considered as anti-social elements and will be booked under the relevant law. Those who try to create law and order problems or disturb public peace will be identified and will face serious action,” said an official.
He appealed to local people to not believe rumours and should seek police help to verify information passed on through Whatsapp or social media.
Tabrez, who was a resident of Kadamdih in Kharsawan of Seraikela-Kharsawan district, was thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela after he was caught allegedly while attempting theft in a house at the village. Later the residents of Dhatkidih village thrashed him having tied to an electric pole and in the morning, they handed him over to the police. The police recovered a stolen bike, a money purse and a mobile phone from the possession of Tabrez. He was sent to the jail on June 18 morning, but in the early morning of June 22, he suddenly fell in the jail, leading the jail administration to rush him to the Sadar Hospital again. He died there within an hour.
In 2017, four cattle traders were also lynched at different villages in Rajnagar block of Seraikela-Kharsawan district while three youths (including two brothers Gautam and VikasVerma) were lynched at Nagadih in Bagbera and an elderly (76 year old) grandmother of the two lynched brothers, Ramsakhi Devi was critically injured. Later, Ramsakhi Devi succumbed to her injuries at Tata Main Hospital.
“We are trying to make people aware through various means so that they do not fall prey to rumours being spread through WhatsApp,” said another official. The officer said that in rural areas, policemen are reaching out to people in the smallest of villages and trying to educate them.