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Attack in middle of anti-lynch campaign

One person has been held over the lynching bid

By Abhijeet Chatterjee in Asansol

  • Published 9.09.19, 12:46 AM
  • Updated 9.09.19, 12:46 AM
A protest in New Delhi on June 26 against mob lynching. The mob not only beat up Sheikh Bappa, a resident of East Burdwan, but also threw stones at police when they came to rescue him.
A protest in New Delhi on June 26 against mob lynching. The mob not only beat up Sheikh Bappa, a resident of East Burdwan, but also threw stones at police when they came to rescue him. (AP)

A 30-year-old electrician was beaten up by a mob that branded him a child kidnapper in West Burdwan’s Hirapur on Saturday night, hours after police launched a campaign to create awareness against lynching and days after the Bengal Assembly passed a bill to check such incidents.

The mob not only beat up Sheikh Bappa, a resident of East Burdwan, but also threw stones at police when they came to rescue him. The police have arrested the youth after a complaint by some locals. One person has been held over the lynching bid.

Bappa was standing near a ground where children were playing football. Some locals asked what he was doing there. “Bappa told them he is an electrician and had come for work,” said a police officer.

But the people did not believe him, tied him to a tree and thrashed him. “They accused Bappa of being a kidnapper,” said a police source.

Dinhata assault

A mentally challenged youth was beaten up in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata on Saturday by locals who suspected him to be a child kidnapper, police said. 

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