Mob killing over Whatsapp messages

Rumours of child abduction in the area had been circulating on WhatsApp. The three men were stopped randomly on the road and assaulted by locals wielding bows and arrows, swords and sticks. The villagers thought of them as child abductors. Despite repeated explanations, the mob did not stop assaulting them. The police watched as mute spectators and said that the mob heavily outnumbered the police. Villagers also attacked and injured the policemen. Mr. Naithany, the deputy police superintendent in Jharkhand, said that since the locals are illiterate, they cannot differentiate between a real piece of news and a rumor, and hence acted on the WhatsApp message. 20 people from the mob were arrested for murder. In another similar incident on the same day, 4 people were killed by a mob over the suspicion of being child lifters.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 4 Identity of victim Hindu
Location of incident Village perpetrator Religion Unknown
perpetrator Organizational Unknown Was cross FIR filed 0 :Not available
Details of the FIR

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Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer Not available
Role of police Unsatisfactory :The police did not stop the commission of offense citing that the mob outnumbered the policemen. Later, police arrested almost 20 people who allegedly killed the victims. Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Not available Other details 19 people were arrested
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Main Information
Date of incident: May 21, 2017
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Manufactured Rumour
  • Name of the victim : Vikas Kumar Verma, Gautam Kumar Verma and Gangesh Gupta
    Name of Perpetrator Not available
    State Jharkhand
    District/City Jamshedpur
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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