Robber killed in Rohtas amid lynch spate

A 30-year-old man was lynched while he was fleeing after robbing Rs 22 lakh belonging to the Indian Railways in Rohtas district on Tuesday, barely two days after a 24-year-old youth was killed by a mob in Sitamarhi.

By Ramashankar in Patna
  • Published 12.09.18
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Patna: A 30-year-old man was lynched while he was fleeing after robbing Rs 22 lakh belonging to the Indian Railways in Rohtas district on Tuesday, barely two days after a 24-year-old youth was killed by a mob in Sitamarhi.

The Rohtas incident is the fourth such incident reported in the state in the last one week.

Police said that four youths armed with country-made pistols intercepted Ashok Kumar Singh, a railways employee, when he was going to deposit Rs 22.18 lakh in the Punjab National Bank at Sasaram in Rohtas district, about 165 km southwest of Patna, around 10.30 am on Tuesday.

The robbers first hit Ashok on his head with revolver butts. When Ashok tried to fight back, the robbers opened fire in which a passer-by, identified as Lali Kuer, was injured. The robbers thereafter escaped with the bag containing the cash.

A group of residents chased the robbers and caught hold of one of them. He was thrashed with bamboo sticks and iron rods.

The Sasaram town police rushed to the spot and rescued the robber from the clutches of the mob.

He was rushed to the Sasaram sadar hospital where he died during treatment. He was identified as Pankaj Giri, (30), a resident of Khirki Ghat in Rohtas district.

Acting Rohtas superintendent of police (SP) Pramod Kumar Mandal said that the looted money was recovered from the possession of the deceased.

However, his three other associates managed to escape.

"The identity of the attackers was being ascertained with the video footage obtained by the Sasaram town police," he added.

Inspector-general (Patna zone) Nayyar Hasnain Khan said that instruction had been issued to lodge a case against the people involved in the lynching. "I have asked the SP concerned to nab the culprits with the help of the video clips and take sternest action as nobody can be allowed to take law into his hand," the IG told The Telegraph.

On Sunday, Rupesh Jha (24) was beaten to death in Sitamarhi district.

A mob attacked Jha, a resident of Ram Nagar in Sitamarhi, after a pick-up van driver alleged that Rupesh looted his money and phone. Rupesh succumbed to his injuries in Patna Medical College and Hospital on Monday. The Riga police under whose jurisdiction of the incident took place lodged an FIR against 150 unknown persons. However, no arrests have been made.

On Saturday, a 40-year-old Scheduled Caste woman identified as Mala Devi was beaten to death by a group of residents over a minor feud between children in Rohtas district.

On Friday, three men were lynched in Begusarai when they tried to abduct a schoolgirl from class at gunpoint. Six named and 150 known persons were made accused in the case lodged with the Chhauraha police outpost in Begusarai district.

Additional director-general of police (headquarters) S.K. Singhal said the state police headquarters has already issued advisory to all the SPs, who have been made nodal officers, on how to check the incidents of mob lynching.

The advisory issued from the office of the director-general of police K.S. Dwivedi directed the SPs to identity the culprits on priority basis, ascertain their whereabouts and nab them at the earliest.

The advisory also stressed the need to intensify patrolling in vulnerable areas.

The advisory warned of stern action against cops found to be lax in reaching the spot.

"The cops will not be spared for any sort of negligence in dealing with the incidents of mob lynching," the DGP's advisory said.