Security personnel were put on alert Sunday after several more incidents of lynching of suspected child lifters following a rumour by “vested anti-state elements” that human heads were needed for the construction of the pride project – the Padma bridge,
Sources in police and in the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) told the daily sun that their men have been put on alert and those involved in lynching would be punished.Police will file cases for all the incidents that caused death and injury to a number of people, the sources added.
At least five people were lynched on suspicion of being child lifters and some others were seriously injured across the country in the last few days.
The propaganda got potency after a child’s head was found in the hand of drug addict in Netrokona on Tuesday.
RAB Director Imranul Hasan said they were keeping surveillance to the propaganda spreaders.
Dhaka University’s Sociology Department Chairman Professor Dr Nehal Karim said that side by side the lawmen, the local people’s representatives could play a vital role to create awareness against the rumour.
Department of Anthropology of DU Professor Saifur Rashid said that such rumor was also spread during the construction of Bangabandhu Mult-Purpose Bridge over the Jamuna River.“When a society is advancing forwards development, a section of unscrupulous people cannot maintain it and try to stretch propagandas aiming at interrupt the way of development,” he said.
The teacher suggested creating awareness among the people to avert the rumour and propaganda.
On Sunday, the incidents of mass-beating were reported from Cumilla and Naogaon.
In Cumilla sadar, local people gave a mass-beating on two men and a woman suspecting them as child lifters at Amratali around 10:00am.
In another incident in Cumilla Sadar, a youth named Arif was beaten up on the same suspicion at Majigacha. Arif is the son of Abdur Noor of Nayanpur in Kosba of Brahmanbaria.
In Naogaon, six fishermen were the victims of the mass-beating at Buridah village in Manda in the morning. They were Saddam, Aslam, Saiful, Abdul Majid, Anisur Rahman, Rezaul Karim Azad.
On July 9, the Padma Bridge authority issued a warning against spreading the rumor.
On Saturday, police headquarters said legal actions would be taken against anyone involved in spreading the rumor or mob beatings as it is a criminal offence.
Some of the rumor mongers were arrested by police and RAB, but nothing could hold back the local people from mass-beating.