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Child-lifting rumour

Woman among 3 lynched in city, N’ganj

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Staff Reporter :
Three persons, including a woman, were again beaten to death by angry mob in Dhaka and Narayanganj on Saturday after they were suspected to be child lifters.
Following the death of a rickshaw-puller on charge of carrying the silt-head in a bag in Natrakona, the country men are in deep panic across the country.
In Dhaka, an unknown woman was killed in a lynch-mob attack at Uttar Badda in the capital in the morning.
Inspector Yasin Gazi of Badda Police Station said, locals found the woman, aged around 42, behaving suspiciously in front of Uttar Badda Govt Primary School around 8:00am.
A rumour spread around that the woman was a child lifter, he said, adding that angry mob indiscriminately beat the woman, leaving her critically injured.
On information, police rushed to the spot, rescued the woman and took her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared her dead around 10:20am, the Inspector added.
An youth was killed and another injured critically in a mass beating at Rasulpur village in Keraniganj  upazlia of Dhaka in the morning.
Witnesses said, locals suspected the two youths that were child lifters as they were trying to talk to a group of children around 8:30am.
At one stage, they caught the two youths and beat them mercilessly, leaving them critically injured. On information, police rescued them and took one of them to Upazila Health Complex while another to Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital.
However, physicians at the medical college hospital declared the victim dead, said Sub-Inspector Chunnu Mia of Keraniganj Model Police Station.
In Narayanganj, an unknown youth was beaten to death by a mob at Alaminnagar in Siddhirganj upazila in the morning.
Witnesses said, the youth was found holding the hands of a schoolgirl around 8:30am.
As locals asked him about his relations with the girl, he failed to give any satisfactory reply, prompting them to suspect him as a child lifter. At one stage, the angry mob beat him mercilessly that left him critically injured.
He was taken to Narayanganj General Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead, said Mir Shahin Pervez, Officer-in-Charge of Siddhirganj Police Station.
Earlier in Netrakona, a man was beaten to death by an angry mob after allegedly being caught with the 'severed head' of a child stuffed in his bag on Thursday.
The lynching took place in the town's New Town area around 1:00pm on Thursday, said Netrokona Model Police OC Tajul Islam.
The dead man was identified as 22-year-old Robin, a rickshaw-puller. He was carrying the remains of an eight-year old boy named Shojib in the town's Katali area.
Meanwhile,  a press release has been issued on behalf of Police not to pay heed to the rumour over head and blood for under-construction Padma Bridge project.
Police have requested the countrymen not to take law in hand against any suspect.
The press release was sent to media on Saturday signed by Md Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General (AIG to Media and PR) of Police Headquarters.

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