A day after a woman was thrashed and paraded naked by an angry mob on suspicion of her involvement in the a murder of a 19-year-old man, the state police arrested 15 suspects and suspended eight of their own men. However, the police denied that it was a case of mob lynching.
S.K. Singhal, Additional Director General (police headquarters), said 15 persons have been arrested on the basis of video footage of the incident. "More arrest will follow," he added.
"It was not a case of mob lynching at all. The police have been investigating it. None of the culprits would be spared," Singhal said.
The ADG said the incident took place after the body of a youth was found on railway track in Bihiya town in Bhojpur district, about 90 km from Patna, on Monday.
Bhojpur superintendent of police Avakash Kumar has suspended the eight police officials, including two police station officers, on charge of negligence of duty.
"The youth was strangled to death as per the post-mortem report," he said.
The local police said soon after the body of 19-year-old Bimlesh, who had been reported missing since Sunday, was found on the railway track on Monday morning, a mob from his village first staged a protest and then attacked a few people living in the adjoining red light area.
Some people blamed a Dalit woman of a nearby red light locality for the death, police sources said.
They said the mob rushed to her house and dragged her to the street. She was beaten up and paraded naked, they said.
A police team that reached the spot hours later was attacked by the mob. The police had to open fire to save the woman. Later she was admitted to a local hospital, police sources said.
The shameful incident took place in Bihiya police station area on Monday, where the body of Vimalesh Sah, who had gone missing a day earlier, was found near a railway track.
#EarlierVisuals: Eight police personnel, including SHO (Station house officer) Bihiya, have been suspended in connection with the incident where a man was found dead in Bhojpur's Bihiya&a woman was allegedly stripped & thrashed on suspicion of being involved in the murder. #Bihar pic.twitter.com/LzlXAYO77r— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2018
Meanwhile, the opposition has intensified attack over the government demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the collapse of law and order and imposition of the President's rule in the state. Targeting the state government over the incident, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav demanded resignation of CM Nitish Kumar.
"I’m speechless and numb to see the heart wrenching videos of that women. Nitish Ji, With folded hands I request you to fix the law and order and ensure women safety and security," Tejashwi said in his tweet.
In Bihar a woman is allegedly stripped, thrashed & paraded naked by a mob in a lawless state.— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) August 21, 2018
I’m speechless & numb to see the heart wrenching videos of that women.
Nitish Ji, With folded hands I request you to fix the law and order & ensure women safety & security. Pls
The National Commission for Women has taken cognizance of the incident and directed the Bihar police chief to submit a report.