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Child-abduction rumour: Woman among three lynched in 3 districts

  • Published at 05:58 pm July 20th, 2019
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The deceased are yet to be identified

Three people, including a woman, were killed while another injured in separate mob beating in Dhaka, Narayanganj, and Keraniganj yesterday, after they were suspected to be kidnappers.

In Dhaka, a woman was killed by locals, while attempting to enter a school in Badda area.

The deceased, Taslima Begum Renu, 40, lived with her son in Mohakhali.

Her nephew, Syed Nasir Uddin Titu, while identifying the victim to the police said: “My aunt [Taslima] was divorced and was living with her son. She visited the school to seek information about admissions and they [the mob] killed her. What were the police doing? I want justice for her death.”

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Assistant Commissioner (Badda zone) Elin Chowdhury told Dhaka Tribune: "A woman tried to enter a government primary school in Badda area around 9am on Saturday. The guardians thrashed the woman, suspecting her to be a kidnapper. Later, she was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the duty doctor declared her dead."

In Narayanganj, a man attempted to kidnap a child, and was killed by locals.

Siddhirganj police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Shahidul Islam told Dhaka Tribune that a child screamed out for help when a person was trying to kidnap him. Locals caught the man, and beat him up severely.

"The man was sent to a hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead," he said.

Two men were thrashed by a mob in Keraniganj, killing one, and injuring the other.

Kolatia police outpost in-charge Inspector Shah Alam, told the Dhaka Tribune that two youths were roaming the Charpalton village of Manikganj’s Singaier upazila, and tried to talk to children. When the villagers suspected them to be kidnappers, they chased the two across a river to Keraniganj.

While they were trying to flee the scene, locals caught them at Hajratpur union’s Rosulpur village, under the jurisdiction of Keraniganj Model police station, and beat them to a pulp, he added.

Then the police arrived at the spot, and upon rescuing them, rushed them to Keraniganj Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctor declared one dead, and put the injured under treatment, Shah Alam said.

The inspector further added that police are investigating the matter.

‘Refrain from mob justice’ 

Meanwhile a press release from Bangladesh Police stated that, with regard to the spreading of rumour –“human heads, and blood are required to build the Padma Bridge” – on Facebook, there is a high amount of surveillance throughout the country, and mob killings related to fear of kidnappings.

The press release signed by Assistant Inspector General of Police Headquarters (media) Sohel Rana said: “Spreading rumours is leading to unrest in the country, and mob killing is a criminal offence.”

The cases related to mob justice will be investigated diligently by the police, and people involved in such mob violence will be brought to justice.

The Bangladesh Police has further requested all citizens of the country to not spread rumours, and refrain from doling out mob justice.

At the time of filing the report, the identities of the victims were not confirmed by the police.

On Thursday, a suspected kidnapper, who was carrying the decapitated head of a seven-year-old child, was beaten to death by an angry mob in Netrokona.

Locals said the unidentified man was first noticed with the bag in Horizon Polli area. Later, he was chased by the locals to the Pukurpar area and beaten to death.