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Man lynched by mob of 150 for cutting ‘holy tree’ in Jharkhand’s Simdega: Police

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Simdega: A man was thrashed to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Simdega on Tuesday for hurting religious sentiments by cutting down a tree.

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The incident took place in Kolebira Police Station area on Tuesday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Sanju Pradhan.

According to police, around 100 to 150 people lynched the victim to death as he had hurt the religious sentiments by cutting and selling parts of a particular tree.

“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,” said Simdega police.

The family of the victim told police that the mob first beat him with sticks and bricks. They put him on fire after he died.

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“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,” said Superintendant of Police, Simdega Dr Shams Tabrez.

Worth mentioning, Jharkhand Assembly passed the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021 in December last year.

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