NHRC notice to the Government of DGP, Jharkhand over reported mob lynching of seven persons on suspicion of being child kidnappers (22.05.2017)

PRESS RELEASE



New Delhi, 22nd May, 2017

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that in Jharkhand, seven persons were lynched by mob suspecting them to be child kidnappers. Out of the seven persons, four were killed in the Seraikela Kharsawan district and three in Nagadih area of East Singhbhum district.

Expressing serious concern over the incidents, the Commission has issued a notice to the Director General of Police of Jharkhand, calling for a detailed report in the matter, within four weeks. The Commission also expects comments on the preventive measure taken/proposed to be taken to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, carried on the 21st May, 2017, are unpleasant. A civilized society cannot allow such heinous crimes to occur where human lives are taken by angry mob merely on suspicion of them being anti-social elements. The incidents amount to violation of right to life of the innocent victims targeted by the perpetrators. The law enforcing agencies of the state have certainly failed to perform their lawful duty.
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