Soon after a beef trader, Asgar Ali was lynched near Bazartand area in Ramgarh district on Thursday, an angry mob in Dumka’s Jalve village mercilessly thrashed to death an alleged rape and murder accused identified as Mithun Hansda, 25. This is the third incident of mob violence in Jharkhand in the past one week.
Notably, Hansda was alleged of raping and killing a 7-year-old before dumping her body near a river. On the suspicion of the villagers, the panchayat committee on Wednesday summoned him to a public hearing and asked him to reveal the whereabouts of the missing girl. Hansda told the committee that he had seen the girl near the river on Tuesday but denied having harmed her in any way.
After launching a search operation, the girl’s body was found near the river bank. Concluding that Hansda had raped and killed her, in a fit of rage, they tied him to a tree and beat him to death. By the time the police arrived, Hansda succumbed to his injuries. They took the two bodies in their custody and sent them for postmortem. “The postmortem would establish whether the minor girl was raped,” said a police officer who did not want to be quoted.