Incidents of mob violence and taking law in own hands is rising every day with many innocents loosing their lives in the spat. Yet another in the line has been reported from West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri where a transperson was beaten to death by mob on Monday over suspicion of being a child lifter.
Although there hasn’t actually been any child abduction in the area as of now, rumours had been doing the rounds for a few days that a 32-year-old transgender child lifter was moving around in in Nagrakata village.
A preliminary investigation by police suggests that locals chased the victim to the railway tracks after they presumed that she was a child lifter. They kicked and smashed her head with stones and berated her. Videos of the incident have gone viral on social media.
Upon receiving the information, police team rushed to the spot to rescue the victim and calm the situation. However, it was already too late, as the victim was declared brought dead at the nearest health centre.
As quoted in the media reports, Debasish Chakraborty, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) stated that “We managed to rescue the victim but the person died on the way to the hospital. No incident of child kidnapping has taken place. These are simply rumours spread by people.
As of now, police has arrested a few suspects in the case. Further investigation is underway.