In Bihar, youngsters sound alert Covid, lynched

PATNA: The death of a young man in the Sitamarhi district on Monday allegedly after he was beaten for informing officials about the Covid-19 suspects in his village has sparked controversy.

Even the Union's health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, expressed concern about the incident on Tuesday. The news of a young man beaten to death for reporting on Covid-19 suspects is extremely sad. We are obliged to remain united as a society at this difficult time. The future of Indian society depends on it. Don't stray from your responsibilities, he tweeted as he tagged an ANI tweet about the incident.

Bablu Kumar (20) was brutally assaulted by some people in Madhaul under the Runnisaidpur police station in the Sitamarhi district, which led to his death on the way to the SKMCH in Muzaffarpur.

The brother of the deceased, Guddu Singh, in his statement to the Ahiapur police in Muzaffarpur, alleged that Babloo was killed by other villagers for reporting on the district helpline about Munna Mahto and Sudhir Mahto, who had returned from Mumbai.

Guddu has accused six people, who used to help his father in his agricultural work.

However, Sitamarhi's SP Anil Kumar Singh said the allegation was not true during the preliminary investigation. The incident is the result of an altercation between the deceased and the defendant after a motorcycle hit one of them on March 29, he said, adding that two of the named defendants have already been arrested.

ADG (headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said the Babloo murder had nothing to do with the coronavirus. The incident is the result of personal enmity, he said.

However, he said a Munna Mahto was examined by a team of doctors in the village on March 27. The relative of the deceased has not provided any evidence to corroborate the claim that Munna's health was examined by a medical team based on the information given by Babloo, ”he said, adding that the medical team, in fact, examined Munna. with the information given by a certain Om Prakash Bharti, who declared himself husband of the chairman of the Sitamarhi district board.

The deceased's father, Vinod Singh, alleged that the case was being dropped. Police officers are under pressure, he alleged.

Meanwhile, Munna and Sudhir were sent to jail on Tuesday.