Mob fury shows loss of faith in police
PATNA: The growing mob fury across the state leading to lynching of any person in connection with any offence indicates that common people are gradually losing faith in the police administration gradually.
The lynching of a private school director, Devendra Prasad Singh, in Nalanda district on Sunday following protests against the death of two students was not the first incident of its kind in recent times in Bihar. In May this year, a woman was forced to get down from an auto and then beaten to death at Katesar market area under Bihta police station in Patna district. Three women were arrested in this connection. The woman was thrashed on the road but no onlooker came forward to her rescue. She became the target of mob fury as she and her husband were made accused for the murder of a local boy.
Hetukar Jha, a noted sociologist, said, “Sociologically we believe that people of south Bihar are by nature aggressive and the Nalanda incident was triggered by that cultural attribute. The mob that kills a person for some presumed offence without legal authority is fully aware of violation of law. The mob outrage takes place when people start following one man and at the same time lose faith in the existing system. At that time, they do not want any different point of view giving leeway to the alleged accused.”
In June 2014, two dalit students awaiting their Class 10 results were lynched at Baikanthpur under Bakhtiarpur PS in Patna on suspicion that they were thieves. Police made 20 persons of the village as named accused.
In October 2014, four men were arrested from the office of minor irrigation resources department for manhandling a government official. The four men had beaten up Narayan Paswan, chief engineer of the department, over allotment of a tender. The incident took place at Visveswaraiya Bhavan located on Bailey Road. In 1993, the then Khagaria MP, Ram Sharan Yadav, had beaten up the then health commissioner, T C A Srinivas Ramanujan, at his official chamber. Again, in 2001, the then transport secretary, N K Sinha, was manhandled by the then CM Rabri Devi’s brother and controversial RJD MLA Sadhu Yadav.