10 held for lynching woman in Odisha, ASI suspended


Baripada (Odisha): A 48-year-old woman was allegedly lynched by a mob on Saturday suspecting her as a child lifter at Domuhani in Mayurbhanj district.


Mayurbhanj SP R Prakash has issued an order of suspension of Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police B K Sathua for alleged dereliction of duty and ten persons were also arrested in connection with the lynching.


S C Roy, Inspector In-Charge of Bangiriposi police station said. “While ten persons have so far been arrested, some more villagers are likely to be nabbed. Investigation showed the involvement of many people in the incident.”


The arrested villagers were identified as Naryan Marandi (45), Baraju Marandi (22), Pitambar Baske (45), Narendra Kishu (24), Balia Murmu (45), Bharat Gudu (35), Makar Gudu (35), Bhopal Gudu (30), Bhagirathi Gudu (40) and Raban Marandi (25).


The victim identified as Basanti Mohanta of village Anla of Mayurbhanj district was caught by the local people of Domuhani village on Friday, while she was on a visit to her daughter residing in Kalikapur area of Baripada town.


Basanti was tied to a tree by the mob; they pelted stones and beat her with sticks suspecting her a child lifter. The woman died on the spot, said the police.


However, the villagers staged protests at Bangiriposi police station alleging that those arrested by the police are innocent. Baripada sub-divisional police officer Abhimanyu Nayak rushed to the spot and tried to convince the agitators.