A Christian Tribal Lynched By ‘Cow Vigilantes’ in Jharkhand; Political Parties Maintain Silence

A 50 year old Christian Adivasi, Prakash Lakra, was lynched by a mob chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Bajrang Bali’ allegedly for cow slaughter on April 10 in Jurmu Village of Gumla’s Dumri block. Three other victims – Peter Kerketta, Belarius Minj and Janerius Minj – sustained severe injuries. The mob was led by Sandeep Sahu, Santosh Sahu, Sanjay Sahu and his sons.

Pursuant to this barbaric act, a fact-finding report was released by Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha along with the victims’ testimonies being published on YouTube. The report said, “Adivasis were severely beaten for at least three hours by a mob of neighbouring Hindu community, leading to the death of one person.”

Four victims, along with other men and children of their village, were carving a dead ox on the bank of a river near their village. Reportedly, they were told by the ox-owner to cut the dead animal for meat and hide. While they were doing so, a mob of around 40 people suddenly attacked them and started beating them aggressively. They were beaten all the way to Jairagi chowk, about a kilometre away from the place where the violence started. The mob chanted slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Bajrang Bali’ and also forced the victims to chant the slogans. They were beaten for refusing to chant the slogans or not chanting them loud enough.…