Jharkhand lynching: ‘Saw my brother die in front of my eyes’

The family members have refused the compensation of Rs 2 lakh announced by the state government.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Jamshedpur | Updated: May 22, 2017 7:44 pm
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“My brother was dragged out of the police jeep and killed in front of me,” said Uttam Verma, as he stood with this family members on the second floor of the Tata Main hospital in Jamshedpur. Uttam’s brothers Gautam and Vikas and their friend Gagnesh Gupta were among the seven persons lynched in two mob attacks in tribal-dominated areas near Jamshedpur following “rumours of child-lifting gangs” in the area. They had recently started a business of building toilets and were visiting areas near the city to conduct awareness campaigns. They were attacked while they were returning to Jamshedpur on Thursday.

“We first thought there was an accident when we saw the mob sitting by the roadside near Goradih village. They were holding swords and other arms. They stopped us and started asking us questions. Then they alleged that we were childlifters. I called my friend and my grandmother and asked them to bring our ID proofs,” said Uttam.

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“When the police arrived, we felt safe. One of my brothers got on the police jeep. But then, the mob dragged him out and started assaulting him. I saw him die in front of my eyes. My grandmother was there. She saw it all and was beaten up too,” Uttam told The Indian Express.

“All this happened in front of policemen. They stood helpless,” said Uttam.

“We want the culprits to be arrested. They made videos of the incident and circulated it. No politician came to us. We want the culprits to face what they did to my brothers,” he added. The family members have refused the compensation of Rs 2 lakh announced by the state government.

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  1. S
    May 23, 2017 at 4:06 am
    The BJP did not invent lynching in India. This is part of human culture and history for a long time. The problem is that much of India does not have any respect for rule of law and the principle that everyone is innocent till proven guilty. Mobs can easily be incited to kill or injure anyone, destroy property and take law into their own hands. Political parties on all sides should work to establish rule of law and not spread hatred on any grounds - religion, caste, language, ethnicity, region. Only then can such lynching be prevented.
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      Naceem Rafique
      May 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm
      Modi has put the long due disintegration of Fake Fragile and Un-natural union on India in fast mode. and process is irreversable
      1. S
        May 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm
        Humanity is again ashamed . ....... I don't have words .
        1. S
          May 21, 2017 at 11:54 am
          now they are questioning the protest against all this. nocent peole are being killed and why the heel we should not protest..people are dragging innocent from police jeep and kil ...and nobody has to say anything.. the protest was 100 rightle done against all this..
          1. S
            May 20, 2017 at 11:36 pm
            Total mayhem in all BJP ruled states. Just form a mob and then go on rampage kil innocents and burning everything whether it is for Jat reservation, beef rumor or child lifting rumor. There is no one to stop these mobs. Presence of police is no guarantee of safety. Victims are dragged out even from police vans in presence of police and beaten to death.
            1. S
              May 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm
              These #sanghis put India and humanity into shame. Isil is less violent than sanghis.
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                Ajay Joshi
                May 20, 2017 at 8:09 am
                The failure of Govt Pure failure
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                  Kamal Pasha
                  May 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm
                  AJAY Joshi : Why did you elected this government again? BJP is sinking the w India.
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