Simdega: Police on Sunday (January 9) arrested village head Suban Budh, the alleged mastermind of the incident of burning alive BJP worker Sanju Pradhan by a frenzied mob in Besrajara village under Kolebira police station in Simdega district of Jharkhand.
Police sources said that since the incident, the police was looking for the village head, the alleged mastermind of this dastardly incident and after continuous raids succeeded in arresting him on Sunday.
On January 4, in the Kolebira police station area of Simdega district, a mob lynched and burnt the dead body of a youth named Sanju Pradhan on the suspicion of cutting a tree.
Police sources had told that such a large number of people had gathered on the spot that the police administration had to struggle hard to control them.
Police station in-charge Rameshwar Bhagat had told that the villagers allege that even after refusing many times, Sanju Pradhan used to cut trees from the forest and sell them. So the villagers got angry and took this step.
Simdega Superintendent of Police Shams Tabrez said that the police have already arrested seven accused involved in the brutal murder of 32-year-old youth Sanju Pradhan along with the mob.
According to news agency PTI, Tabrez also told that the police deployed in the village has been deployed to provide security to the family of the deceased. A search operation has been started to nab the rest of the accused.
In protest against the incident, the next day on January 5, BJP workers protested across the district by burning an effigy of the Chief Minister and Bhokta Samaj, expressing anger over the incident by blocking the road in Kolebira, demanded the arrest of the accused.
On January 5, the police had registered an FIR against a total of 38 people, including 13 named.
The wife of the slain youth has alleged that when the frenzied mob surrounded Sanju and hit him with stones and sticks, she constantly pleaded with the police officers present there to save him, but no policeman helped her.
She also alleged that her husband was alive when he was burnt.
It is to be known that a fortnight ago, the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly had passed a bill to prevent mob violence in the winter session. The Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021 provides for punishment of three years to life imprisonment in addition to fine and attachment of property for persons convicted of violence.
Jharkhand has become the third state in the country to pass such a law after West Bengal and Rajasthan.
(with input from news agency language)
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