Locals protest, block roads against lynching in Jharkhand


Agitated locals today protested the lynching of three persons in Nagadih and blocked the Bistupur-Station road, demanding arrest of those involved.

Altogether, six persons were yesterday lynched by villagers in Seraikela-Kharswan district after they suspected them of being child lifters.

Two brothers, who were brutally murdered, were returning from work linked to the Swachh Bharat campaign, reported Indian Express. Three people killed in the first incident have been identified as Sheikh Sajju (25), Sheikh Siraj (26) and Naim (35).

Three killed in second incident on Thursday were Gautam Verma (27), his brother Vikas Verma (25), and their friend Gangesh Gupta.

Kolhan DIG Prabhat Kumar said, “The lynchings took place because of rumours of a child-lifting gang in the area even though no such case has been reported. We don’t know how this rumour began and who started it.”

The state’s BJP government has offered Rs 2 lakh compensation each but the relatives refused to accept the dead bodies demanding Rs 25 lakh as compensation.

While three persons were beaten to death in Sosomoli and Shobhapur villages under Rajnagar police station area, as many were lynched in Nagadih, within the limits of Bagbera police station.

Protesting against the incident, hundreds of locals blocked the main road between Jugsalai roundabout and Bistupur-Station road, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the incident.

The locals also put up road blockades at several other places in Jugsalai and Bagbera, including Bagbera chowk, disrupting traffic movement.

The situation is under control and negotiations are on with the protesters to withdraw the blockade, police said.

Seraikela sub-divisional magistrate Sandeep Dubey said that the situation is peaceful today and adequate security forces, and magistrate have been deputed to maintain law and order in the area.

Locals in Musaboni under Ghatsila sub-division also took out procession demanding the arrest of the villagers involved in the killing.

The procession was later withdrawn following assurances by the administration to look into their demands.

(With PTI inputs)