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Search on for culprits in lynching cases: IG Ashish Batra

Jamshedpur: The number of accused persons booked by the city police in connection with the incidents of violence at Mango and Dhatkidih is likely to increase further.

This was informed on Tuesday by the Inspector General of Police Ashish Batra who is camping in the city to supervise the police probe into recent incident of lynching of seven persons in Bagbera and Rajnagar on 18th May last. Batra is also supervising police probe into the incidents of attack on police by a mob of protestors at Dhatkidih and Mango on 20th May last.

Speaking to scribes, the IG said the police search into the recent incidents was on at full pace. He said cops were trying to identify the culprits who killed innocent people following rumours about their being child lifters and even those who later tried to disrupt peace in the city under the garb of protesting the lynching incidents.

“We are trying to identify the culprits with the help of video footage, photographs, CCTV footage, news clippings and other sources,” Batra said.

The IG said the police are trying to find out the root cause and motive behind the rumours and the subsequent killings.

He said such rumours were also reported in Maharashtra earlier. “We are trying to find out as to what is the motive of the people trying to create a panic situation over child lifting. At present it is difficult to find out as to who provoked the mob. We are identifying the culprits. Our first priority is to ensure peace in the sensitive areas,” he said.

Asked about the role played by Muslim Ekta Manch in organizing the protest programme which resulted in the violence, Batra refused to comment. He said the culprits irrespective of their political allegiance would be brought to the books for their offence.

The IG held a meeting with senior police officials and reviewed the situation in Bagbera, Rajnagar, Dhatkidih and Mango.

The meeting was attended by DIG Sudhir Kumar Jha, DIG Prabhat Kumar, SSP Anoop T Mathew, JAP VI Commandant Sangita Kumari and SP City Prashant Anand.

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