Meat-chop lynching in Jharkhand


A man was lynched and two others were injured on Sunday by a Jharkhand mob that accused them of cow slaughter.

Police sources said a crowd had attacked Kalantus Barla, Philip Horo and Phagu Kachchap in Jaltand Suari village, Khunti district, after word spread that the trio had been seen chopping meat, with the remains of a cow strewn around them.

Cow slaughter and beef sale are banned in Jharkhand, which has emerged as a lynching hotbed, accounting for 17 of the 44 deaths the country witnessed at the hands of mobs between May 2015 and December 2018. Most of the lynchings in the state were related to suspected cow slaughter or beef possession.

“As soon as the local police learnt about the attack, they rushed to the spot and rescued the trio. They were brought to the local hospital, from where they were sent to RIMS, Ranchi,” an officer in Khunti said.

“Seven people have been detained for questioning. An FIR will be lodged,” A.V. Homkar, deputy inspector-general of police, South Chhotanagpur, said.

He added: “Preliminary investigation suggests the three men were selling prohibited meat. They were caught by the mob and thrashed. Additional police forces have been deployed.”

Vivek Kashyap, RIMS superintendent, said Barla, 38, had been dead on arrival and that the post-mortem report would establish the cause of death. He said both Horo and Kachchap had multiple injuries, without elaborating.

Khunti police sources said the village was tense.

The lynching trend has continued in Jharkhand this year, with a mob killing Tabrez Ansari, 24, on suspicion of theft at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela in June.

Footage suggests the mob forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.

The police, who recently filed the chargesheet in the case, have reinstated the murder charges against the 13 accused after having dropped them.

Jharkhand Government to appoint 110 senior residents in 5 medical colleges in 4 days


In order to fulfil its undertaking to Medical Council of India (MCI), state government would appoint 110 senior residents (SR)/tutors on vacant posts of different departments in all five medical colleges through walk-in interviews within four days.

Deputy secretary health, medical education and family welfare department of government Abhishek Srivastava on Saturday issued a vacancy notice for appointment of senior residents and tutors in all five medical colleges including Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) Dhanbad and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH) Jamshedpur.

Last month (August) on directive of Supreme Court, Jharkhand government had given undertaking to MCI to compliance faculty deficiencies in three months in newly set up its three medical colleges, Hazaribagh, Palamu and Dumka to start teaching from current session.

State’s all medical colleges including PMCH and MGMMCH are reeling under shortage of senior residents and Tutors. At PMCH, only 36 are working against sanctioned posts of 70 while at MGMMCH only 44 are deployed against sanctioned posts of 97.

“Since classes have been started, 110 senior residents/tutors would be appointed this month to cater the requirements. A two-day walk-in interview has been called at IPH Institute, RCH campus Ranchi on September 25 and 26”, said deputy secretary Srivastava.

On first day (September 25) they would be appointed in faculties of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, medicine, TB and Chest, pediatrics, surgery, orthopedic, ENT, eye, gynecology. On second day (September 26) doctors for microbiology, FMT, Pharmacology, PSM, radiology, radiotherapy, anesthesia, skin, Psychiatric and physical medicine and rehabilitation would be selected.

Highest number of doctors (11) would be selected for biochemistry department followed by 10 each in physiology and anatomy. Besides this, eight doctors would be selected for radiology department and 7 in anesthesia.

“Senior residents are being appointed for three years on a fixed honorarium of Rs 60,000 per month and their job would be spontaneously terminated after completion of tenure as per the health service rules of Jharkhand government”, said deputy secretary.

IINRG celebrates 96th foundation day


Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) – Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG) celebrated its 96th foundation day on Friday. Chairman, Jharkhand Public Service Commission, Sudhir Tripathi, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

A large number of distinguished scientists from Central Tasar Research and Training Institute, ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Regional Center of ICAR-Research Complex for Eastern Region and regional station of ICAR-NBPGR, dignitaries from NGO, Chhattisgarh, Sahabhagi Samaj Sevi Sanstha participated in the programme.

While welcoming the Chief Guest, Director of the Institute, KK Sharma apprised them of the achievements of the institute in terms of various technologies developed and transferred by the institute especially value added products from natural gums such as hydrogels, dietary fibers and gum based nano-particles for disease control in plants. He also mentioned how lac cultivation played a significant role in increasing farm income.

Speaking on the occasion Tripathi congratulated the institute for its significant contribution in research and development of natural resins and gums. He also wished the institute to receive more laurels during its centenary celebration.

Addressing the gathering as Guest of Honour, Inspector General of Police (HR), Navin Kumar Singh delivered the 9th Dorothy Norris Memorial Lecture on “Digital India, Cyber Crime Issues, Challenges and Way Forward” in which he explained the importance of digitization, cyber crime issues in the digital era and the precautions to be taken to safeguard from cyber crimes. A memorial lecture was delivered by Singh, in honour of the Founder Director of the erstwhile Indian Lac Research Institute Dorothy Norris.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ICAR-IINRG and Sahabhagi Samaj Sevi Sanstha working on strengthening lac value chain in the State of Chhattisgarh in which the institute will provide technical support to the NGO.

On this occasion, distinguished workers of the institute like Scientist, Arnab Roy Chaudhury, Technical Officer, P Patmajhi, Janki Devi and Chaitu Kachhap, skilled supporting staff were awarded with certificates and trophies for their commendable contribution in their sphere of work.

Saturday was declared as an open day for the public in which over 800 students from 12 schools visited the institute. They were shown the Museum, Lac video film, Short video on Swachh Bharat Mission of Government of India and Institute Research Farm. A cultural function was also organized in the evening for the participants and the employees of the institute.

Retired staff of the ICAR-IINRG also attended the event.

PM Modi, Mongolian President unveil Lord Buddha statue in Ulaanbaatar


Amid the chanting of Buddhist prayers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga on September 20 jointly unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha at the Gandan Monastery in Mongolia via video.

The Mongolian president is on a five-day visit to India.

The golden statue with Lord Buddha holding a bowl was unveiled at a brief ceremony held at the prime minister’s Lok Kalyan Marg residence.

The Gandan Monastery is located in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar.

Just before the unveiling, young monks at the monastery chanted Buddhist chants. Soon after, a Buddhist monk present at the prime minister’s residence offered prayers as Modi and President Battulga stood with folded hands.

The Prime Minister’s Office on September 19 described the unveiling ceremony as a “symbol of India-Mongolia spiritual partnership and shared Buddhist heritage”.

In May 2015,PM Modi had visited the monastery where he presented a Bodhi tree sapling describing it as a token of friendship from the Indian people.Gandan is the largest and most significant monastery in Mongolia. Built in the mid 19th century, it is the only monastery where Buddhist services continued to function even during the Communist period.

Childline staff attacked as rumours continue to fuel mob fury in Bihar


A group of men working in Bihar’s Darbhanga for Childline, a telephone hotline meant for helping children in distress, was on Friday attacked by a mob on suspicion of being child lifers, the police said.

According to the police, Childline employees Raghav Thakur, Nilesh Kumar Karn, constable Gopal Ram and driver Daya Jha were attacked when they reached Koriahi village in Sitamarhi district to verify the address of one of the three children they brought from a Darbhanga-based shelter home. The mob also damaged their vehicle.

During the address verification process, the officials took help of a local boy to locate the house of the child. Some villagers thought they were child-lifters and started thrashing them, the police said.

A police team led by sub-inspector Dasrath Prasad Singh reached the spot to rescue the Childline employees and was initially attacked by villagers .

“An additional police force is camping in the village and the situation is normal,” said Sitamarhi superintendent of police Anil Kumar. He also urged the Childline team to keep the police informed when they travel with children. The injured men were treated at a t local primary health centre .

Several mob attacks have taken place in Bihar on people suspected to be child lifters. As many as 14 people have been lynched by mobs across the state in the past two-and-a-half months, but none of them proved to be a real child abductor, the police claimed.

“We have found that none of those killed in mob violence was a child abductor. The police headquarters is reviewing the situation on a regular basis,” said additional director general (ADG) of police (headquarters) Jitendra Kumar on Friday.

Bihar police have filed first information reports (FIRs) against 348 people in connection with these incidents. The ADG said 278 suspects have been arrested in 39 cases of mob lynching in the state so far.

Apart from the deaths, at least 14 people have been injured in attacks by locals over such rumours, police said.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar is set to review the situation in the next few days, according to officials.

State police headquarters has asked people not to spread rumours, and keep away from mob violence, warning them of serious consequences under law. Separate teams from the police and district administrations have also launched campaigns to sensitise people through audio/video clips and posters, besides making them aware that mob attacks were a cognisable offence.

“The police will deal with those spreading rumours sternly. Those seen involved in incidents of mob justice will not spared,” said a second senior police officer on condition of anonymity.

Tale of a Bihar school: Gunny bags for benches, open sky as roof for 250 kids


The Rajkiya Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya in Bihar’s Basanta village, 40 kilometre from Patna, teaches students from classes 1 to 8. Almost 250 children study here, however, due to lack of resources, the school runs from just two classrooms, forcing many to study in the open space outside.

“There is a lack of resources because of which children are studying outside the classroom. We have taken up the matter several times with the district officials but to no avail,” said Sanjeev Kumar Sah, a class teacher at the school.

India Today TV travelled to this government school in Vaishali district and found that there were no tables and chairs available for students from classes 1 to 4. Lack of resources compelled the children of these classes to get their own sitting arrangement to school.

“We don’t have a chair and table to sit and that is why we bring empty gunny bags to school to study”, said student of Class 2.

There is a separate room just outside the school premises which is being used by students of class 3 and 4 to study. Urvashi Kumari, teacher of these students, complained that the roof of the room is broken from many places because of which water fills up the classroom during the monsoons.

When India Today TV went into this classroom, it was found that the children were sitting on the floor with water and studying.

“The roof of this class is broken and we have raised this matter many times but nothing has been done. We have no option but to teach students in this situation,” said Urvashi Kumari.

Such is the condition of the school that students of classes 7 and 8 share a single classroom and two teachers use the same blackboard. While Ramanuj Prasad teaches History to students of class 7, Richa Kumari teachers Maths to students of class 8.

70-year-old Jharkhand’s man lynched on child-lifting suspicions


A septuagenarian man was beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of being child lifter in Jharkhand’s Sahibganj district, police said on Thursday.

The police, however, are yet to identify the victim, whose body has been sent for autopsy.

“We have lodged an FIR against unknown persons today and started probe,” said Sahibganj superintendent police (SP) Hrudeep P Janardhanan.

The incident took place in remote Kuchi Pahari area under Mirzachoki police station, around 440 km northeast of capital Ranchi, on Wednesday afternoon when the 70-year-old man went collect herbs from hilly place.

“I think the old man, who was looking very poor, died due to panic on way to hospital after being beaten by villagers. We found minor injury marks seen on his body. The autopsy report will reveal the actual cause of the death,” he said.

Sahibganj sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Nawal Sharma said, “The old man went to collect herbs from a hilly place. While retuning, few villagers suspected him as child lifter. They thrashed him at Kuchi Pahari village.”

After hearing this, the village head Sunny Pahariya rushed to the place and rescued him from the mob, Sharma said.

“The old man was being brought to Mirzachoki health centre. He was able to walk on his feet at that time. But, all of a sudden, he fell and died,” Sharma said.

During interrogation, some villagers told the police that the man was often spotted in the area, going to the hill to collect herbs.

The SP said they have been spreading awareness villages to counter child lifting rumours. “Since most of them belonged to Pahariya tribe in the tribal villages, they hardly understand Hindi. We have involved village heads and other people to spread awareness in this regard in villages,” he said.

In another incident, an elderly person was tied to an electric pole and thrashed by villagers on suspicion of being child lifter at Belbad village in Deoghar district on Wednesday. In Ranchi, a mentally disordered woman was beaten calling her child lifter. However, both of them were rescued by police in time.

Mob lynching on suspicions of child lifting has become common in Jharkhand, where the administration has been issuing public notice, warning rumour-mongers of stringent legal action. The Ranchi district administration recently issued such a notice which says, “Spreading rumour of child lifting is becoming a common affair. Punishing or physically torturing any person by any mob is a legal offence. Such people in the mob will be identified and legal action will be taken against them.”

Minor Girl GANG-RAPED & then HUMILIATED by WALK of SHAME as punishment


1A lady in Gaya district of Bihar was gang-raped, and as an alternative of receiving justice to the lady, she had her head shaved and was paraded all through the village because the punishment by the Panchayat of the village.

The police reported that on the night of August 14, the sufferer, a minor lady, was kidnapped by the group of males in a car. The lady was reportedly taken into the rooftop of Panchayat constructing after which she was brutally raped till she misplaced consciousness. The household was knowledgeable by the locals who noticed the girl, the following day of the incident.

The boys who carried out such a horrible incident belonged to a extremely influential household within the village. The Panchayat was extremely supported and influenced by that very highly effective household, and upon their so-called order, the Panchayat determined to punish the sufferer as an alternative of the offender. They shaved her head, and so they trotted her out within the village.

When the law enforcement officials had been reportedly pressured and met by the sufferer’s mom and sufferer, they acted upon the case and registered an FIR. The police motion was finished after the 11 days from the incident that occurred in Masaundha village of Mohanpur block in Gaya.

Niranjana Kumari, the Incharge of Ladies Police Station Officer, stated that the potential six males had been detained. Underneath the POSCO Act, the member’s of Panchayat even have been termed because the accused. The lady acknowledged a person named Devlal Yadav, and the man was arrested and brought into custody.

Dilmani Mishra, Bihar Ladies Fee’s Chairperson, has requested SSP of Gaya to provide a report concerning the case very quickly by September 2.

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Das for Double Engine Govt in Jharkhand again


Chief Minister Raghubar Das today held seven back to back public meetings at various locations in Santhal Pargana on day one of Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra. The CM gave message of development to people appealing them to tread the road of development by supporting the BJP in upcoming polls. “Political parties using the name of Jharkhand consider the naive public of Santhal only as vote bank. Our government has worked for the all round development of Santhal Pargana. You have the right to know from the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Congress why till 2014 only 38 lakh families out of 68 lakh families had access to electricity.

Why children in schools were forced to sit on jute sacks? Why the mother and sisters of the State could not get freedom from the life of smoke? Why could the poor not get their own houses? Why they did not build toilets in honour of women? Why there was no health insurance for the poor? Why did they not become the carrier of economic prosperity of farmers? Why did they not remove the stigma of corruption from Jharkhand? They do not have the answers to these questions because they do politics of rumor and propaganda. But, now it will not work. The days of false and deceitful promises are gone,” said the CM. Das said that now the people of Santhal want a working government, Bharatiya Janata Party government. “For 14 years JMM, RJD, Congress continued to do politics of manipulation. Their purpose was only to gain power. By filling their pockets, they have deceived the people of the State. This time you have to take them out,” he said while addressing various public meetings in Santhalpargana on Thursday.

The CM said that in the last five years, there has been an effort to bring a ray of development to the people of Jharkhand, who are waiting for development since independence. “We do not say that we have changed things completely, but have started development work. We still have a long way to go. I have come to you for giving account of the last five years of development work. I hope you get your blessings for the next five years and Jharkhand will get a strong government,” he said. “Our Government is committed to the development of the entire Santhalpargana including Mihizam. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha ruled in Santhal Pargana for years but Santhal went backward. The Soren family stalled the development of Santhal.

 This time Santhal Pargana has to be made Congress and JMM free. Our government gave the right of sand to the gram panchayats, but the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha government gave the contract of sand to a contractor in Mumbai. The first right on the resources of the State belongs to the people of Jharkhand and not to anyone outside,” he added.

At Khaira of Nala Assembly seat, the CM held discussion with locals over tea. “Our government has given top priority to dialogue with the people since the beginning.

BPSC member booked for seeking Rs 30L for DSP’s post


The Vigilance Investigation Bureau (VIB) has booked a member of the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC), Ram Kishore Singh, for allegedly demanding Rs 30 lakh from a candidate who was to face the interview after clearing Mains examination.

Singh, who was a BJP MLC, before being appointed a member of the BPSC in 2014, resigned few hours before an FIR was registered against him and his associate Parmeshwar Rai.

Though Singh has denied the charge, the Vigilance sleuths have informed the court that they have his voice samples and call details records in which Singh and Rai could be heard dealing with a successful candidate. “Singh is heard asking the prospective candidate to hand over the amount to Rai, who was ‘his trusted aide’. The deal, which started with Rs 30 lakh, was eventually clinched for Rs 25 lakh in which Rs 24 lakh was to be given in advance and the rest Rs 1 lakh after the result (for DSP’s post) was declared,” said the source.

Before lodging an FIR against the two accused, the Vigilance officials sent the voice samples of Singh and Rai to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, which confirmed that the voice had matched.

Hours before he was booked, Singh resigned as BPSC member citing “personal reasons”. However, his resignation has not been accepted yet. “I have been framed by my own men who were not happy ever since I was appointed as BPSC member,” said Singh, whose tenure would have otherwise ended in 2020.

“The FIR has been forwarded to the Vigilance court,” said a senior official of the VIB.