A day after four women were beaten up by a mob in Daulimari village of Jalpaiguri, after locals allegedly suspected them of being child-lifters, police on Tuesday said that the victims have a criminal background and were involved in incidents of theft.
After primary investigation, we have found that the women who were attacked have a criminal background,” Amitava Maity, SP Jalpaiguri, told the media.
The police have also registered a suo motu case against 25 people for beating up and stripping the women on Monday. Even if a child-lifter is caught red-handed, it is the duty of people to inform police and not to take law in their own hands the police official said.
This was not the first such incident in Dhupguri. On July 16, a mentally-challenged tribal woman in her mid-forties was beaten up at Barogharia gram panchayat area while she was roaming the street, with locals suspecting her of being a child-lifter.
We have been requesting people to inform police whenever they find something or someone suspicious Amitava Maity, SP Jalpaiguri said.