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23 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 July, 2019 01:18:14 AM
Police HQ asks SPs

Step up campaign against lynching

3 remanded for Badda lynching
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The police headquarters have directed all district superintendents of police to step up campaigns aimed at raising awareness to prevent rumours of child abduction and mob lynching. In an official order issued late on Sunday, the police HQ gave several directives aimed at educational institutions, the creation of public awareness, social media monitoring and the issuing of public notices in the print and electronic media.

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday granted four days’ remand to three persons in connection with the lynching of a woman in the capital’s Badda neighbourhood.

Metropolitan magistrate Dhiman Chandra Mandal remanded the suspects, Bachhu Mia, 28, Bappy, 21, and Shaheen, 31.

Another suspect, Zafar, gave a confessional statement to the court, confirmed Rafiqul Islam, officer in charge (OC) of the Badda police station.

Police detained them on Sunday night on the suspicion that they were part of a mob that lynched 42-year old Taslima Begum Renu. Police also identified one Hridoy as the key suspect and launched a manhunt for him. Police

identified them from a video footage of the mob lynching captured on a mobile phone.

The police headquarters directed officials concerned in each district to step up patrolling and surveillance, raise awareness among teachers, school staff, guardians and students, and instal CCTV cameras covering the areas of educational institutions.

The headquarters also asked officials to raise public awareness so that rumours of child abduction were ignored and police were contacted at once in case of any untoward incident.

The statement also directed the distribution of leaflets, posters and the making of public announcements over loudspeakers. The directive urged the imams of every local mosque to help create public awareness.

The police HQ have also advised the monitoring of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs for provocative or misleading posts and taking immediate action.

Officials concerned have also been asked to file a report to the police HQ within three working days by email or fax on the steps taken.

Meanwhile, in Rajshahi, five people were subjected to mob beating yesterday. The incident took place in Routha village of Charghat Upazila.

The victims were identified as Hafizur Rahman, Abul Hossain, Rezaul Karim and Abdul Kalam from Gopalganj and Kaiyum from Dhaka’s Lalbagh are now in police custody for interrogation.

According to police, they were from an NGO going from door to door. Villagers suspected them to be child-lifters and beat them up.

In Nilphamari, three people were beaten by mob and later rescued by police.

In Kushtia, a woman was beaten by a mob while she was on a visit to her daughter’s home.

In Chattagram, three people were beaten by a mob that suspected them to be child-lifters.

Rezaul Karim, officer in charge (OC) Bashkhali police station said the tree men had gone there to buy goats.

In Jhalakati, Hasib Bappi, 27, son of Md Sohrab Hossain, fell victim to mob attack at Mirzapur village in Sadar upazila.

People caught him suspecting him as a child-lifter after he was fleeing snatching a vanity bag from a house brandishing a sharp weapon, police said.

In recent times, mobs have lynched a number of people to death, suspecting them to be child-lifters following rumours spread by a group with an ulterior motive saying human sacrifice was needed for the construction of the Padma Bridge.

Earlier, on Saturday, the police administration urged people not to take the law into their own hands and lynch someone on the suspicion that he/she was a child-lifter.

Causing social instability by spreading rumours is considered as grave as indulging in anti-state activities, while lynching amounts to a criminal offence.

The police headquarters also said the law enforcers were looking into all the incidents of killing of suspected child-lifters in mass lynching. "Those involved in such incidents are being brought to justice," the police HQ has said.

The Detective Branch (DB) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday said that vested quarters were spreading rumours.

Md. Mahabub Alam, joint commissioner, DB, said at a press briefing held at the DMP media centre that incidents of mob lynching were taking place because of rumours being spread across the country through social media.

“Vested groups are behind this. The child-lifter rumours are part of their main plan. They have tried to get special facilities by spreading rumours,” he observed.



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