Updated: March 15, 2021 7:17:49 am
A 26-year-old man was tied to a pole and beaten to death for allegedly stealing a motorcycle tire in Ranchi district in the early hours of Sunday. The incident occurred in Maheshpur village of Sirka Panchayat in the district at around 1 am.
Police identified the deceased as Mubarak Khan.
This is the second incident in Jharkhand’s capital within a week. Earlier, a 22-year-old man was beaten by a group of labourers in Upper Bazar area on suspicion of theft.
Police have registered an FIR into Mubarak’s death based on a complaint filed by his brother Tabarak Khan at Angara police station. So far, the police are yet to confirm any arrest officially. Sources, however, said 12 villagers who were part of the mob, have been arrested.
Jharkhand DGP Niraj Sinha told The Indian Express, “According to the information available, two people were caught by a few villagers during a theft. One of them ran away and the other one was beaten up to death.”
Mubarak Khan has three children and relatives said that he used to drive a bread container for deliveries.
According to the complaint filed by Tabarak, he received information through the former pramukh of his village at 3 am that his brother has been beaten to death.
The complaint stated: “… Around 1 am at Sirka village near Thakur Thepa, Mubarak was tied to a electricity pole and was beaten to death”.
The complaint mentions Saheb Ram Mahato, Durga Mahato, Dhani Ram Mahato, Raju Munda Durag Munda, Balram Mahato, K, SaviChandra Mahato, Kaamlaal Mahato , Dilip Mahato among others named and around 25 unnamed — all residents of Sirca village.
The complaint added: “He (Mubarak) was beaten up by 20 named and 25 unnamed people in a planned manner and one Saheb Ram Mahato had threatened my brother four days prior to the incident. This is my claim that the above mentioned people in the mob killed my brother. Please register a case of murder.”
Former pramukh of the village, Anwar Khan, told The Indian Express that he was the first to receive a call from one Roshan Munda at 2.45 am stating that Mubarak from Maheshpur village had died. He said: “I wasn’t told that what had happened…When I went to the Sirca village… villagers pointed out to Mubarak’s body and a fallen bike. Angara Police Station Officer Incharge Brajesh Kumar Singh was also present. Initially the villagers were telling me that he was fleeing after stealing a tyre of a motor bike and then slipped and died. I checked and found that there were no marks or scratches on the bike, nor any bruise on his hands. I told them this is not an accident case.”
Anwar said he was able to bring the tension between Sirka and Maheshpur villagers under control with the help of the police and got the body to the police station. “On his neck, there were welts where a rope was possibly tied. There were injuries on his feet from a pointed object. It was clear that he was beaten up.”
Various calls and messages sent to Roshan Munda did not elicit any response.
A week ago, on Sunday, 22-year-old Sachin Verma was assaulted by a mob on suspicion of theft in the Upper Bazar area of Ranchi. He died Monday morning, hours after he was attacked. Three police personnel were suspended for dereliction of duty and two labourers who had beaten him were arrested.