In yet another ghastly incident of mob violence, one person was beaten to death and two others were left injured on Sunday over the suspicion of selling banned meat in Jharkhand. The incident took place in Khunti district, 34 km from capital city Ranchi. So far, five people are arrested in connection to the incident and a team has also been set up to nab other accused in the case.
Talking about the latest developments, Deputy Inspector General of Police AV Homkar told media, "At around 10 am, the station in-charge of Karra police station was informed by some villagers that prohibited meat was being sold by some people whom the locals had caught and were thrashing them". "Five people have been arrested and teams formed to nab other suspects," Homkar added.
One person has lost his life, 2 critically injured after they were beaten by a mob of villagers over suspicion of selling banned meat, in Jharkhand's Khunti yesterday. DIG AV Homkar, says, "five people have been arrested and teams formed to nab other suspects." pic.twitter.com/nONMbnNHYW— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2019
Upon receiving information about the alleged mob-lynching, police on Sunday rushed to the spot and found three men being beaten up mercilessly by some local villagers. While two of the victims were sent to Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospital for further treatment, 34-year-old Kelem Barla was declared dead.
On June 17, a 24-year-old young Muslim man Tabrez Ansari was seen in viral videos being beaten up with rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' over an alleged theft at Dhatkidih villager under Seraikela police station of the district. Ansari had succumbed to his injuries on June 22.
In early, September, police had dropped murder charges against all the accused in the case, triggering widespread protests and controversy across the country. However, days after, the charges were reinstated based on a fresh medical report. Altogether 13 people were named accused in the case. While police have charge-sheeted 11 of the 13 accused, the probe is still under way against two.