A case of mob lynching has come to light in Bharno police station area of Gumla district of Jharkhand. Here some people beat 45-year-old Shamim Ansari to death with sticks and sticks just because he opposed the cutting of trees. Shamim Ansari used to work to stop the timber mafia from illegally cutting trees from the forests.
Shamim Ansari, who headed the Village Forest Protection Committee, was beaten up by illegal woodcutters in the forest till he died. The incident is said to have happened at 11 am on Friday.
Raikera Forest Committee chairman Shamim Ansari received information about illegal felling of trees at around 10.30 am on Friday. After which when Shamim reached the spot and convinced the wood mafia to do so, he started beating Shamim mercilessly with sticks and sticks. Due to which he died.
Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Ravi Anand said that Ansari was thrashed to death for stopping the wood mafia from cutting trees.
Even before this, many incidents of mob lynching have come to the fore in Jharkhand. In January this year, people burnt alive a youth in Simdega district on suspicion of theft of wood. At the same time, a 60-year-old woman was set ablaze by a mob in a village in Simdega on suspicion of practicing witchcraft. In February, a 17-year-old boy was allegedly murdered during an immersion procession after Saraswati Puja at Kariyadpur village under Barhi police station area of Hazaribagh district.
The incidents of mob lynching in the state are not decreasing even after the Jharkhand Assembly passed the Mob Violence Prevention and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021. The bill aims to provide effective protection of constitutional rights in the state and prevent mob violence.