Jamshedpur: The deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Amit Kumar here on Saturday termed the killings by villagers of Jadugora, Bagbera and Rajnagar as shameful and in humanitarian. He said the incidents called for a great deal of awareness among the residents so that they are not repeated.
He was addressing a large gathering of villagers of Bagbera panchayat during a Jan Jagrukta Shanti Sabha (public awareness peace meeting) organized at Bagbera Panchayat Mandal.
Kumar said a mob had mindlessly killed a mentally disturbed person between 11th and 12th May last in Jadugora. He said the homicide was committed without verifying the identity, intentions and motive of the victim. He further said that the family members of a 75 year old woman were killed brutally in Nagadih village of Bagbera on 18th May last. The woman is still in a state of shock, he said.
Citing the recent incidents of lynching of innocent people by mob comprising hundreds of armed people in different parts of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan as examples of extreme barbarity, the DC appealed to the residents to unite together to stop such incidents in future. He said the district administration was conducting a thorough probe into the killings and trying to find out the real motive behind the incidents. He said whoever is found guilty of conspiracy and crime will not be spared irrespective of his stature.
The DC also appealed to media representatives to publish news only after verifying the details. He further said that misuse of social media platforms to spread hatred and rumours threatened to doom the society. He appealed to youths not to forward or share rumours, sensitive, provocative or unconfirmed reports in groups.
Also present on the occasion, SSP Anoop T Mathew said he had directed the officers in-charge of all police stations in the district to take prompt action in cases involving assault on innocent people. He said the OCs were allowed to shoot the culprits if needed in order to save innocent people, but should make sure that no innocent is killed.
Condemning the recent lynching incidents, the SSP said awareness among people was needed to stop such crimes.
Among others present on the occasion included SDO of Dhalbhumgarh Manoj Kumar Ranjan, Jamshedpur BDO Parul Singh, Zila Parishad president Bururani Singh and Zila Parishad vice president Rajkuarm Singh.