Why people are taking law in their hands these days? Have they lost faith in law enforcing agencies? These questions were asked after two Dalit brothers were lynched at a village in Bihar on June 29 on mere suspicion that they were thieves.
According to reports, the incident took place at Parasia village under Kochas police station of Rohtas district.
The two brothers belonged to Musahars community, who are classified as the most depressed among the Dalits and so poor that they were traditionally known to subsist on a diet of mice which they used to hunt for a living.
Police said the dead men, identified as Baban Musahar, 40, and Murahu Musahar, 35 , sons of one Saryu Musahar of Padari village under Shivsagar police station of Rohtas, were accused of entering a house after burrowing through a wall to conduct theft.
“Preliminary investigations suggested that the two men were caught when some villagers raised an alarm on finding strangers trying to enter a house at such an early hour. The two panicked and tried to run away, but were caught by locals and assaulted very badly,” Kochas Station House Officer (SHO) Satish Kumar told The Hindustan Times.
The two were taken to the local Primary Health Centre at Kochas where Baban died during treatment. Murahu, who was in a serious condition, was referred to Sadar Hospital, Sasaram, but when he reached there the doctors declared him ‘brought dead’.
Police said the mob dispersed only after the police rushed to the spot.
A murder case had been lodged against unidentified persons and police was trying to establish the identities of the attackers.
The SHO said the villagers suspected them of being thieves as there had been a spate of thefts in the area in the recent past, forcing villagers to mount guard in shifts. “Seeing strangers, they believed them to be thieves and set about them”, he stated.