Man thrashed by villagers in Bihar for 'trying' to poison hand pump Times of India, August 11, 2013 (thanks to Vijay)
EHANABAD: A man was caught by villagers for allegedly trying to poison the hand pump installed on the premises of the upgraded government middle school at Godiha village under Parasbigha police station in the district on Saturday morning.
According to three motorcycle-borne persons got down at the NH-110 near at around 8:30 am. One of them straightaway proceeded towards the village school while the other two sped off on the motorcycle. Sharma said that the man, later identified as Munna Ansari, was found moving in a suspicious manner on the school premises.
The man also offered guavas to some children which they refused to eat. Soon the teachers caught the man suspecting that he was there to poison the hand pump. Meanwhile, a large numbers of villagers also assembled on the school premises and started thrashing the man.
When the DM M Sohail and reached the school, they saw the man being beaten up by the villagers. They tried to rescue him from the clutches of the irate mob but the villagers refused to hand him over to the police. Apparently not willing to brook any intervention by the administration, the villagers soon grew restive and started pelting stones on the police force and their vehicles.
Two police officers including the Parasbigha SHO and sustained injuries. Windowpanes of four police vehicles belonging to the Jehanabad SDPO, the Parasbigha SHO, the Shakurabad SHO and the Tehta SHO were smashed by the stone-pelting mob.
After a ding-dong battle for half-an-hour, the police finally lathicharged the mob in a bid to safely rescue the man from the villagers' custody.
SP Sayali Dhurat said Ansari, a resident of Gogri in Khagaria district, was taken to the Jehanabad sadar hospital for treatment. All his belongings have been seized to find out whether he was carrying poisonous substance or chemicals or other related materials, she said adding some eatables like 'sattu' and guava have been recovered from the suspect's possession. The seized eatables are being sent for forensic test. The SP also informed that two other suspects identified as Mohd Shahwaz and Mohd Naushad, who fled the scene, are also said to be residents of Gogri village in Khagaria district. However, a manhunt is on to arrest them, she added.