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No arrests have been made so far. There were tensions in the village and additional police were deployed in the area.

A tribal man was lynched and set on fire on Tuesday by a mob suspected of cutting down trees and stealing wood in a village in Simdega district (Jharkhand), police said.

The victim was in his thirties and was identified as Sanju Pradhan. He was killed in the presence of local residents in the village of Besrabazar under the Kolebira police station around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“According to the initial investigation, around 500 villagers were present when the incident occurred. We recovered the half-burnt body of Sanju Pradhan, who had a criminal history. He had three cases registered against him for links to Maoists and had been jailed in connection with these cases, ”said Rameshwar Bhagat, head of the Kolebira police station.

No arrests have been made so far. There were tensions in the village and additional police were deployed in the area.

“During the initial investigation, we have information that some of his fellow citizens complained against him to the forestry department for illegally cutting trees,” Bhagat said. “They were angry that no action was taken against Pradhan.”

The Simdega District Administration must take appropriate action against those involved in the lynching, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said.

This is the second lynching in the state just fifteen days after the Jharkhand legislature passed the Prevention of Violence and Crowd Lynching Bill, 2021, which aims to provide “protection effective ‘constitutional rights and prevent mob violence in the state.

On Saturday, villagers in Gumla district brutally beat two tribal brothers, alleging that their mother practiced witchcraft. One of the brothers lost his eyesight due to injuries.

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