Jamshedpur, May 23: Police on Tuesday arrested one more person involved in Nagadih lynching incident. The total number of arrest in this particular incident has now risen to five. The person who was arrested today was identified as Rahul Sardar (25), a resident of Ghaghidih in the adjoining Parsudih locality.
Three youths, Vikash Verma, brother Gautam and their friend Gangesh Kumar Gupta were lynched by a furious mob of over 500 at Nagadih under Bagbera police station at about 10.30 pm on Friday.
According to information police had detained Rahul for interrogation on Monday morning from Bistupur-based Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Hospital (KGMH), where he had got himself admitted after getting involved in the lynching incident at Nagadih in Bagbera late on Friday night.
The management of the hospital admitted that Rahul had been admitted at the hospital at 11.30 pm on May 18 and that a police team picked him up from the hospital on Monday morning.
” We had no idea about his getting involved in any such act. Rahul Sardar came to the hospital with his wife Sunita on Friday. As he had claimed of abdomen pain we admitted him. He was subjected to all sort of test, but nothing considerable was detected. On Monday, a team of police arrived at the hospital and picked him up. The condition of the patient was alright when the police took him along,” said an official.
He said 15 minutes after Rahul was taken away by the police, his wife Sunita had turned up and created ruckus over the patient’s discharge without her knowledge.
The police arrested Rahul this morning after interrogating him throughout yesterday. This morning Rahul was produced before a judicial magistrate and was sent to Ghaghidih Central Jail in connection with the Nagadih lynching in which he was a named accused.
The lynching accused, when queried, said ” Like me every one present there was agitated at the three youths who were suspected child-lifters. But I was not involved�.
No further arrest was made in connection with the lynching of four persons there at Rajnagar in Serikela-Kharsawan on Friday. There is no report of fresh arrest in connection with the violence at Mango and Dhatkih in the city too.
Notably, the lynching of seven persons in Rajnagar and Bagbera was the result of a rumour of child-lifters’ gang active in the reason that got increasingly stronger after two persons were lynched at separate places in Jadugora in East Singhbhum district on May 11.
The rumour of child-lifters had spread to adjoining localities with the administration there doing little to do something as preventive measure.