Man lynched over suspicion of cattle theft, mob lynching incidents continue in India
NEW DELHI/PATNA: In yet another incident of mob lynching, a middle-aged man was killed in Araria district of Bihar.
The victim--Mahesh Kumar Yadav, was lynched by residents who kept beating him until he died.
Mahesh, 44, was beaten to death in Dak Haripur that falls under the jurisdiction of Robertsganj police station.
According to police sourcess, the victim who belonged to another village, was surrounded by local residents who suspected his involvement in cattle theft. The residents attacked him and kept beating him, until he died on the spot.
After the incident, the police reached the spot. The local officials have registered a case of murder in this regard. Mob lynchings continue despite Supreme Court's directive and centre asking states to get tough on such incidents.
Initially, it started with right-wing Hindutva gangs who targeted Muslims. Several innocent persons were killed in the wave of lynchings across the country. Some persons from majority community including Backwards, Dalits and poor have also been killed.
Social media, especially, WhatsApp, was blamed in the past for letting people spread false propaganda and create panic, as people were also killed over suspicion that criminals were on the prowl in order to abudct children. Later, WhatsApp took steps to restrict fake news and propaganda. However, lynchings continue unabated in the country. [The photo is representative]