Man lynched in Bihar for murdering a minor boy

March 3rd, 2008 - 9:31 pm ICT by admin  

Patna, March 3 (IANS) A man was beaten to death by a crowd in Bihar after he allegedly killed a minor boy, the police said Monday. According to the police, Chetan Soren, in his 20s, shot a five-year-old boy, Babulal Tudu, in a drunken stupor in Shampur Santhali Tola village in Munger district.

“Villagers caught him as he was running away after the incident and beat him to death,” police official Vishwanath Prasad said.

The police have lodged a report against unidentified people for lynching Soren.

The latest incident comes barely weeks after a similar lynching of a man suspected of murdering a man in Hajipur of Vaishali district.

In rural Bihar, “street justice” is becoming increasingly common. Last year, over three dozen cases of lynching were reported and many more have gone unreported.

The worst lynching case was reported in September last year when 10 people from the underprivileged Kueri community in Vaishali district were beaten to death over an alleged theft. Later, a high-level probe found that the men were not thieves as the villagers had suspected.

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