AHMEDABAD: In yet another case of mob lynching, Ajmal Vahoniya, 22, was beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of mobile theft in Gujarat’s tribal-dominated Dahod district Saturday night. Another person Bharu Mathur, 25, who was with Ajmal, was also brutally assaulted by the mob. He was rushed to the hospital by the police and is in critical condition.
As per media reports, the attackers suspected them to be mobile thieves and some 20 men gathered and thrashed them, police said. When the police reached the spot of crime Ajmal Vahoniya had died and Bharu Mathur was in critical condition and he was rushed to the hospital. Bharu’s condition is said to be critical.
The Police have registered a case but no arrest has been made yet.
Reports say both the victims had been released from jail just a couple of days ago. Both have cases of theft, rioting and dacoity against them.
Former Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia has criticized BJP and RSS for the lynching.
“Rape & Mob lynching are part RSS/BJP’ New India! A 22Yr -old man was beaten to death & his critically friend injured by a mob over suspicion of thieves in Gujarat’s Dahod,” he tweeted.
Last Friday, one Akbar Khan, 28, was lynched in Alwar of Rajasthan on suspicion of cow smuggling.
The Supreme Court of India has recently taken strong note of the bloody trend of lynching in the country, framed guidelines and asked the central and state governments to formulate necessary law to tackle the menace.
Many eminent citizens and civil groups have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recent weeks to take on the trend of lynching which has taken lives of dozens of innocent people.
According to a list prepared by The Quint, 68 people have been lynched by mobs in different parts of the country since 2015. Most of the victims are Muslims and have been killed on the suspicion of cattle smuggling, cattle theft or beef eating.
In July this year alone, around one dozen people have been lynched in various states including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.