| Police with a drumbeater outside the house of an accused at Rasoolpur village in Muzaffarpur. Picture by Lokesh Bihari |
The district police have decided to beat drums to announce names of absconders in serious crime cases.
Muzaffarpur zonal inspector-general (IG) of police Paras Nath told The Telegraph: “Drum beating is a medium of informing people about the accused evading arrest or shying away from surrendering before the court. Investigating officers of sensational cases usually pray to the court to issue a notice called ishtehar to paste it on the walls of the house of the accused wanted by the court and the police. I have ordered junior officers to beat drums along with pasting of the court notice about the absconding accused.”
“The court issues the ishtehar a fortnight before the order to attach the absconding accused’s property,” said a lawyer Mohammad Rizwan Ejazi.
“The investigating officer, after collecting the ishtehar, also follows the instruction of the police manual on drum-beating, apparently to publicise the content among residents. This act serves the purpose well. Residents exert pressure on the family members of the accused soon after the ishtehar is pasted and the drum-beating paves the way for the accused’s surrender in the court to avoid the attachment of property,” said senior superintendent of police Jitendra Rana.
“Police hire groups of drum-beaters from the countryside areas for at least an hour outside the houses of the absconders in criminal cases,” said the station house officer (SHO) of Ahiyapur police station, Yatindra Kumar.
“The police search for expert villagers who carry the drums on shoulder and pay them Rs 500 for each show,” said the SHO.
On August 5, the Ahiyapur police pasted the ishtehar and beat drums outside the residence of the named accused in the murder case of Garibnath Sah in Rasoolpur village.