And yet again, three have been lynched to death by a mob in Bihar’s Saran district over suspicion of cattle theft early today morning, with the police saying that investigations are on.
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Reports say the three men – Raju Nat, Videsh Nat and Naushad Qureshi were seen at Baniyapur village in the early hours of the morning with a pick-up truck that ‘allegedly’ had cattle. Villagers caught the men and beat them to death with wooden sticks. The three were declared dead at a hospital in Chhapra.
Saran superintendent of police, Harikishore Rai said they are trying to talk to the villagers and find antecedents of the victims. “Prima facie, it looks a case of cattle theft and people taking law in their hands,” Rai said. He added that two of the deceased died in the village and the third succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. The deceased’s relatives have told the police that the three were drivers of pick-up vans and had been mistaken for cattle thieves.
There has been a spike in mob lynchings, in recent years, that is being fuelled by cow protection and provoking speech by leaders, often instigating violence. Reports highlight that the large-scale socio-political support for cow protection, filming assaults by the assaulters themselves has become very common.
Surprisingly, the government has not been doing much to address this. In 2018, the Home Ministry had shared the concept of a two high-level committee to outline a legal framework to effectively deal with such incidents. However, it has just been an idea.