A 30-year-old man was lynched by a mob in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Tuesday after he along with his two accomplices tried to loot around Rs 35 lakh from a railway official, the police said. The victim allegedly had also opened fire injuring a passerby, they said.
The incident comes just three days after three men were lynched by a mob outside a Begusarai school for allegedly trying to abduct an 11-year-old girl, and two days after a suspected thief was beaten to death in Sitamarhi.
So far, 11 mob lynching cases have been reported from across the state since March, the police said, adding that in seven cases the victims were suspected criminals.
According to the police, on Tuesday Pankaj Goswami and his two accomplices allegedly chased railway supervisor Ashok Singh when he was on way to deposit Rs 35 lakh at a bank in Sasaram town. The cash was collected from selling tickets at booking counters of Sasaram rail station.
“When the three criminals failed to loot the cash, one of them opened fire. While the railway supervisor escaped, a passerby, later identified as Maya Devi, was injured. This infuriated the public. Some people chased the three criminals, who tried to escape on a bike. While two men managed to flee, Pankaj was overpowered by the mob,” Rohtas Additional SP Rajesh Kumar said.
The ASP said that by the time the police intervened, Pankaj had suffered serious injuries, reportedly inflicted by blunt objects. He succumbed to his injuries later.
The police are gathering all video and CCTV footage to identify the accused, the ASP said, adding that the victim had two cases of loot registered against him. Unconfirmed sources claimed that more than 500 people had gathered at the site. No FIR has been registered in the matter so far.
While Bihar Police headquarters has directed all Superintendents of Police to personally monitor all mob lynching cases and find ways to prevent it, Additional Director General of Police (headquarters) S K Singhal had told reporters that after Begusarai lynching case, such incidents “should be called cases of public reaction as a matter of self-defence than mob lynching”.
Other mob lynching cases since March
Sept 8: Woman beaten to death after a dispute among children in Rohtas
Sept 3: Nagendra Paswan (55), a resident of Vaishali, beaten to death over a dispute
August 30: Janardhan Yadav (62) of Siwan beaten to death after a vehicle carrying kawarias hit a motorcyclist
August 22: A resident of Gumla in Jharkhand lynched in Vaishali, on suspicion of being a thief
July 14: Gopal Nut (48) lynched by relatives and a crowd at Sasaram for allegedly killing his wife
July 9: Sachin Singh lynched while trying to flee after allegedly stealing some ornaments from a shop in Siwan
July 4: Riyas (40) was beaten to death in Vaishali on suspicion of being a thief
March 25: Aditya Kumar, a Begusarai resident, was lynched following an argument with a group