Kin of victims lynched in Dhule refuse to take bodies

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jul 2018 08:32:34


DHULE (Maharashtra),

“We have arrested 23 people in connection with the incident. A few more have been identified and five teams have been formed to nab them,” says Dhule Superintendent of Police M Ramkumar

THE shocked families of five persons who were lynched on Sunday after being suspected to be kidnappers refused to accept their bodies on Monday, seeking justice and compensation here.
Simultaneously, the Congress targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) Government and police, blaming them for failure to prevent the incident.
On Sunday afternoon, a group of around half a dozen mendicants (bhikshuk) belonging to a nomadic community known as ‘Nath Gosavi’ had deboarded a state transport bus in Rainpada tribal village.

Mistaking them to be child-lifters, a large number of villagers attacked them with sticks, stones and left them to die near the gram panchayat office.
Their bodies were later shifted to Pimpalner hospital for autopsy and police swung into action to detain or arrested around two dozen suspects, officials said.
Condemning the incident, State Congress President Ashok Chavan on Monday asked “whether there is rule of law or jungle raj in Maharashtra”.

He said that in recent weeks Members of the Nath Gosavi community staged a noisy protest outside the Satara district collectorate office demanding justice for the victims and punishment to the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar who visited the Rainpada village has assured strict action against the culprits and urged people not to fall for rumour-mongering posts circulated on social media. Meanwhile, various district police headquarters have also urged people not to believe in rumour mongering.

23 PEOPLE ARRESTED: TWENTY-three people were arrested in connection with the lynching of five people by a mob in Dhule district over suspicion that they were members of a gang of “child-lifters”, a senior police officer said on Monday.

“We have arrested 23 people in connection with the incident. A few more have been identified and five teams have been formed to nab them,” Dhule Superintendent of Police (SP) M Ramkumar told PTI. The incident took place on Sunday and all the five victims were identified, the IPS officer said.

“All the deceased hailed from Solapur and belonged to a nomadic community. They had come in search of livelihood due to a drought-like situation in their district,” he added. Those arrested have been booked under IPC section 302 (murder) and the sections pertaining to rioting. The incident took place at the tribal hamlet of Rainpada, 25 km from Pimpalner in Dhule district, the police said. The five victims, along with a few others, were seen getting off a state transport bus at Rainpada, they added. Meanwhile, video clips of the purported incident, aired by some TV channels, showed the victims being thrashed with slippers, before being dragged to the Rainpada gram panchayat office, where they were beaten up with sticks. Minors were also seen punching, kicking and dragging the victims by their collars. In one of the clips, a victim was seen pleading for help, while the bloodied bodies of the other four were lying on the floor.

Dhule lynching guilty will not be spared: MoS Home Ahir: ALL those involved in the lynching of five people in Maharashtra over suspicion that they were members of a gang of ‘child-lifters’ will not be spared and action is being taken against them, Union Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Monday. Ahir also said he spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after a mob attacked and lynched the five people in Dhule district of Maharashtra following rumours on social media on Saturday.