Guwahati: In yet another case of mob lynching, a 32-year-old ‘transgender’ person was stoned to death by locals on suspicion of child lifting in Nagrakata of West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Monday.
Although there hasn’t actually been any child abduction in the area as of now, rumours had been doing the rounds for a few days that a child lifter was moving around in the village.
Wary of the same rumour, locals were going out on vigilance around the village carrying batons and other weapons, questioning any unknown person that went around in the area.
The victim was travelling to Sukhani village as his usual affair was to beg for money. He was stopped by the mob and questioned, during which someone from behind shouted that he was a child abductor. On this, the group started hitting the LGBTIQ+ person. He even tried to run away from the mob, but they followed him and continued to attack him.
Though the police arrived at the spot and rescued him, it was already too late, as he was declared brought dead at the nearest health centre.
A local who did not wish to be named said, “He wasn’t just beaten to death. His body was mutilated beyond recovery. Huge stones were thrown at his face. Even small children were seen throwing stones. Don’t know from where these people got such guts.”
This, the local said, reflects that there is no fear of the police or administration. “The fact that BDO office and police station is just within a km of the incident area is more frightening. No political motivation, religious differences, ethnical problem or anything. It’s a deadly crime where an innocent has been killed for nothing. I hope each and every one involved is brought to justice,” the local added.
Few arrests have already been made regarding the case and the police are investigating the case.