Manhunt on for at least one more in Bokaro lynching : J'khandpolice Bokaro (Jharkhand), Nov 7 (PTI)

Manhunt on for at least one more in Bokaro lynching : J'khandpolice Bokaro (Jharkhand), Nov 7 (PTI) Jharkhand police haslaunched a manhunt for at least one more person accused in thelynching of a man in Bokaro district, a senior police officialsaid here on Thursday.

Five persons of the same family, including a woman,were arrested for allegedly thrashing two men mercilessly withsticks in the early hours of Wednesday suspecting that theywere stealing a truck battery.

The vigilantes killed one of the two men on the spotand left another seriously injured, he said.

The condition of the injured person is stable and heis now out of danger, Bokaro district superintendent of policeP Murugan said.

He is being treated at a hospital in Bermosub-division, the SP said.

We are searching for one or two more persons who wereinvolved in the incident. All the five arrested accused belongto the same family, Murugan said.

The man who was killed has been identified as MukhtarAnsari and the one injured as Akhtar Ansari, he said.

Assistant superintendent of police Anjani Anjana saidthe incident is not a communal one as only one family wasinvolved in the crime.

She said that the two victims were seen lying on theroadside with their hands and legs tied by some persons whohad gone out for morning walk.

They informed the police, who sent the injured personto a hospital and the body for post-mortem, she said.

The arrested said during interrogation that the familywas keeping vigil in the nights since the theft of a motorpump from their house a week ago. On the intervening night ofTuesday and Wednesday when they saw the two persons fleeingwith the truck battery, the family members caught them andbeat them with sticks, Anjan said.

The five were arrested after an FIR was filed againstthem for murder, attempt to murder and conspiracy undersections of the Indian Penal Code.

They were produced before a local court on Wednesdayand were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days, the policesaid.

A number of lynchings have been reported fromJharkhand this year and opposition parties had even said thatstate had become a lynching factory.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das had urged the people torefrain from taking law into their hands.

Wednesday's lynching follows the brutal assault ofTabrez Ansari by a mob on June 17 suspecting him of trying tosteal a motorcycle in Seraikela-Kharsawan district. He hadsuccumbed to his injuries five days later and a video hadshowed that he was purportedly made to chant Jai Shri Ram andJai Hanuman.

In Gumla district four elderly tribals were lynched inJuly by a mob over suspicion that they were practisingwitchcraft.

On August 1, villagers lynched a man on theft chargesat Chihudia village in Dumka district.

On October 6, a labourer was beaten to death inKoderma town by unidentified people who suspected that he wasa thief. PTI COR PVR KKKK KK