Will this photograph haunt us, Indians, for long?
A man--Mohammad Naeem, begging for his life, yet, the mob killed him in cold blood.
The man was not alone. Apart from him, Md Sajjad alias Sajju, Siraj and Md Alim. were also killed.
The incident occurred at Shobhapur near Rajnagar, which is 45 km from Jamshedpur. All the victims were cattle-traders.
Apparently, there was a rumour that children were being abducted from the area though police said that there no such complaint, and no incident of child theft was reported.
"Villagers got information that some people are taking kid in car. They came out armed and surrounded Shobhapur. It was alleged that one Muslim man, Murtaza Ansari, was protecting them. Mob accused him of saving them and Murtaza asked the mob to check the vehicle. But the mob didn't buge", reports Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.
The mob went on rampage, rummaging houses and setting afire property. Victims were baten to death. Naeem succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. The houses of Shamsul Haq and Azizul Haq were burnt. Police officers's vehicles including Tata Sumo and Indigo were also burnt.
ANOTHER INCIDENT OF MOB LYNCHING IN JHARKHAND
Apart from the incident, three more persons were lynched in Jharkhand. Gangesh Gupta, Vikas Verma and Gautam Verma were killed in cold blood. This incident occurred in Nagadih.
The elderly grandmother of one of the victims, Ramsakhi, was also brutally beaten. Her condition is reported to be critical. BJP is in power in Jharkhand, and there is no statement from the top party leaders, condemning the killings.
UPDATE: Reports suggest that the figure of deaths is SEVEN (7). LINK