On December 22, the Jharkhand Assembly passed the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021, aiming to provide “effective protection” of constitutional rights and the prevention of mob violence in the state.

Less than a fortnight later a 30-year old tribal was lunched and set on fire allegedly by a group of people at a village in Jharkhand’s Simdega district today on the suspicion of felling trees for stealing wood.

The police recovered the charred body of the victim who was identified as Sanju Pradhan. His body was recovered from the spot.

The incident occurred thirteen days after the Jharkhand Assembly had passed the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021. Its aim was to provide “effective protection” of constitutional rights and the prevention of mob violence in Jharkhand.

Reports said Pradhan was lynched allegedly by a mob near the Besrajara Baxar area, Kolebura police station in -charge Rameshwar Bhagat informed JharkhandStateNews.

Police claim that “hundreds” of people who had gathered around the spot alleged that Pradhan was involved in the illegal felling of trees for “ smuggling” of wood, a feature common in the tribal region of Simdega.

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