Jharkhand: Man Lynched, Set Ablaze By Mob Of 150 For Cutting ‘Holy Tree’

A 30-year-old man was lynched in Jharkhand’s Simdega by a group of around 150 men on Tuesday for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by cutting a sacred tree.

The victim identified as Sanju Pradhan was lynched to death by around 100 to 150 people in Kolebira Police Station area on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, he had hurt the religious sentiments by cutting and selling parts of a particular tree.

Simdega police told ANI, “This tree has religious importance for the Munda community and they are very sentimental about it. The deceased had cut these trees in October 2021. This had hurt the sentiments. Today a large number of people held a meeting and decided to beat him which lead to the victim’s death.”

Pradhan’s family told police that the mob first beat him with sticks and bricks and later put him on fire after he died.

Superintendant of Police, Simdega Dr Shams Tabrez said, “Body has been sent for postmortem. He died of beating or due to fire will be ascertained after autopsy. FIR is being registered with appropriate sections. Identification of accused is going on.”

Notably, Jharkhand Assembly had passed the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill in December 2021.

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