Mob attacks scientists in Bihar suspecting them to be child kidnappers


Patna: Two scientists were beaten up by an angry mob of villagers in Bihar on the suspicion of being child kidnappers.

As per media reports, around 20 incidents of mob attacks or lynchings have been reported in the past month in Bihar.

Reports quoting police officials said that two geologists were conducting a survey at Chafla village in Kaimur district on Monday when it started raining. They took shelter under a tree to avoid being drenched.

In the meanwhile, some children from the area also came there, after which the scientists offered them fruits. The children fled the scene and informed the villagers.

Instantly, a mob rushed to the spot and began assaulting them suspecting them to be kidnappers. The geologists managed to flee the scene and informed the local police, which registered a case against 100 unidentified people.

“We have registered a case and action was being taken against the attackers,” the local police station in-charge Kripa Shankar Sah told the media on Tuesday.

Police officials said the geologists were conducting a survey of the area about the presence of mineral resources but the villagers mistook them as kidnappers.

Incidents of mob attacks and lynchings have seen an alarming rise in Bihar and in the past one month alone, around 20 such attacks were reported in which at least four people were killed, media reports said.

The majority of incidents have been reported from Patna, the capital of Bihar, with the main reason behind the attacks being rumours of child kidnapping.

The police have regularly launched awareness campaigns while top officials, including the Bihar’s director general of police Gupteshwar Pandey, have appealed to the masses to maintain calm but this has failed to put a brake on such incidents.

As things fails to improve, the police department has now issued instructions to the heads of all police stations in the state asking them to take videos of the mob violence.

“You [police officials] are hereby instructed to make videos of mob violence so that the persons involved in the crime could be identified and action taken against them,” Bihar’s inspector general of police Sanjay Singh told the media.

According to Singh, from now on all the cases will be registered against named persons and action will also be taken against the villagers who make the video during the mob violence.