Lynching spree continues
A TOTAL of six suspected robbers faced mob beating leaving all but one of them dead in Pabna, Moulvibazar and Rangpur in the past couple of days. According to a New Age report on Monday, when a gang of 5/7 robbery suspects were roaming around Hadal village at Faridpur upazila in Pabna early Sunday, villagers chased them and beat three of them up to death. On the same day, a group of people of Sripur at Kamalganj upazila in Moulvibazar caught two of a gang of alleged bandits and beat them up resulting in death to one and serious injury to the other. Meanwhile, according to another New Age report the same day, an assistant teacher of a local high school at Gangachara upazila in Rangpur lost his life in lynching on Saturday night. Reportedly, the victim, along with his cohorts, waylaid a motorcyclist on a road in the area to rob him at about 9:30pm.
All these incidents yet again betray surge in crimes, especially robbery, across the country, needless to say, belying the claims made often by the police high-ups—particularly their political boss, the home minister that is—about keeping law and order under control on the one hand and pervasive sense of insecurity among ordinary people on the other. Moreover, the alleged involvement of a teacher in the above-mentioned attempted robbery definitely adds to the worries of the people as it marks a sharp decline in moral values among the people responsible for helping students develop the same thing.
As we mentioned in these columns earlier, people generally take law in their own hands when they lose confidence in the ability, if not willingness, of different law enforcing agencies, including police, to bust crimes. Also, the same situation occurs when the former lose confidence in the court of law. Unfortunately, the police and other crime busting forces have failed to arrest criminal incidents in the past four and a half years. Additionally, there is no dearth of incidents in which many police personnel in particular have engaged themselves in criminal acts in the period. At the same time, there have been a plenty of cases in which even hardened criminals have been arrested only to be released soon on bail issued by the court, whatever the reasons might be behind such regrettable incidents, and to engage in criminal acts further.
One can also refer to the unabated extrajudicial killings spree, some heinous tactics adopted by the elite crime busting unit Rapid Action Battalion members in particular in the name of fighting crimes, that too, defying repeated public protests, which have indeed encouraged people apparently seeking to defend themselves to resort to another form of extrajudicial killing like lynching. The incumbents need to rise up before the situation worsens further.
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