Mobocracy: Man beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh over suspicion of theft

Muzaffarnagar: A man was lynched by a group of villagers on the suspicion of being a thief in Bijopur, police said . The incident took place on Friday and a case of murder was registered against several people. Two people have been arrested, Station House Officer (SHO), Chapar, Subhash Rathore said.

The deceased was identified as Kapil Tyagi. the family of the deceased staged a protest along with the locals and gheraoed the Chapar police station demanding action against the accused people, the officer said.

The family claimed that Tyagi was innocent and was beaten to death when he went to work at Bijopur, Rathore said. The protest was led by former BJP district president Devert Tyagi. The matter is being investigated. Security personnel have been deployed in the village to thwart any untoward incidents, the SHO said.

The Narendra Modi-led BJP government has constituted a four-member panel headed by Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba to prepare legal framework which would deal with mob lynching.

The panel will submit its recommendations to a ministerial committee, which is headed by Union home minister Rajnath Singh. The recommendations will also be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Supreme Court had recently directed the central government to act against mob violence and lynching. Terming the incident as ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’ the SC stated that citizens cannot take the law into their hands.

The SC also stated that disciplinary action against police officers will be initiated if they fail to prevent such incidents or protect those involved with the lynching.