Four men beaten to death by Mob

A resident of Ghatsila in East Singhbhum district, Naeem and his cattle trader companions were passing through Sobhapur early in the morning on Thursday. Villagers along the Tata-Chaibasa road stopped their SUV, dragged the four people out and tortured them for four hours before killing them. Jalauddin said Naeem, his brother-in-law, was an affable man. He took good care of his aging parents and groomed his children well. Naeem’s wife is a deputy village head. The family declined to accept a compensation of Rs 2 lakh offered by the district administration. They, and people in their villagers, demanded the chief minister meet them and promise justice. Naeem was the last to die, even though the police had reached the spot before the last of fatal blows landed on him.Outnumbered, the police did not intervene. Naeem was killed before the presence of PS In-charge and one ASI. Sajjad and Siraj were killed at Padnamsai village 10 Kilometers away from Shobhapur and Sheikh Halim, his relative was killed in the nearby hill. The Hindu residents of Kamalpur, however, in their defense claimed that the murders happened because the deceased were suspected to be child thieves, however, they contradicted their previous statement by stating that the Muslim men were actually cow smugglers. Why would they be out at the wee hour of the night? They defended. They suspected they were butchers who were looking for cows in the area to steal and sell them to town area for profit. It is reported that two rumors were spread in the area – of child lifters and consumption of beef. Members of the local Gau Rakshak Dal reported to be spreading rumors

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 4 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village perpetrator Religion Hindu
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Was cross FIR filed 0
Details of the FIR

On 18.05.2017, 4 separate FIRs on behalf of the 4 families, have been lodged in Rajnagar P.S bearing Case No. 29, 30, 31 & 32 of 2017 u/s 147/148/149/353/ 325/427/452/435/ 332/333/506/504/ 302/535 IPC.

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Police is a part of the perpetrator :Family of the deceased have accused the police of not acting on time even though they were informed about the lynchings. Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details 18 persons arrested
judgement Reference other information
Civil society reports

1) PUCL, http://www.indiaresists.com/jharkhand-lynchings-read-pucls-fact-finding-report/ 2) Lynching Without End (2017) by Citizens Against Hate group

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Main Information
Date of incident: May 18, 2017
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Sheikh Sajjad, Sheikh Siraj, Sheikh Halim, Naeem
    Name of Perpetrator Bhagirath Jyotishi, Kanhu Jyotishi, Konda Jyotishi and Mithun Rajak
    State Jharkhand
    District/City SeraikelaKharsawan
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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