Looks like the smarter the phones in our hands are getting, the fooler we are becoming. We want the internet with high speed but what about our brains that are lying thoughtlessly stealthy in our skulls?
The mass lynching of innocent individuals on the basis of mere doubt that they could be child lifters have claimed a lot of lives already and the queue doesn’t seem to end anytime soon. And more ridiculously, these lynchings are being carried out by the public who are ‘alerted’ by fake forwarded WhatsApp messages.
Sukanta Chakraborty, a 33 YO man was hired by the Tripura Government to raise awareness against the ongoing rumors about child lifters and appeal to the public not to fall for such hoaxes. He used to move from place to place in a vehicle with a loudspeaker in hands. And ironically, in Kalacherra Bazaar he was assumed to be a child kidnapper himself and was lynched by the unruly public. His vehicle was damaged too.
“The incident took place when Chakrabarty and his companions reached Kalacherra in the evening. Local youth attacked them on suspicion of their being child thieves,” SP (South Tripura) Jalsingh Meena said. “The villagers attacked the three even though they kept saying they were sent by the government for the good of the people,” he added.
Four people have been taken into custody after the case’s investigations and also, police have found out what has led to this havoc among people. Tripura people have panicked since rumors about the killing of an 11-year old boy by suspected organ smugglers circulated earlier this week.
Statement from Tripura Police warning rumour mongers.
— Tripura Police (@Tripura_Police) June 27, 2018
Tripura CM Biplab Deb appealed to people to maintain peace and not pay heed to rumors. He alleged that CPM is trying to tarnish the image of his government. The state government imposed a ban on internet and SMS services for 48 hours on Thursday night.
Urge all the social media users across #Tripura to make constructive use of the platform. Cooperation from citizens is a prerequisite to fight against the menace of #FakeNews. Let us all resolve to maintain peace and prosperity in #Tripura. #SocialMediaDay
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) June 30, 2018
A few days back three garment sellers from Uttar Pradesh — Zaheer Khan, Khurshid Khan and Guljar Khan, were attacked by villagers in Mohanpur, which is close to a Tripura State Rifles camp. Khurshid and Guljar managed to escape along with their driver, Swapan Miah, with the help of TSR personnel. One person was arrested in connection with this case.
It’s okay to progress with time. But looks like the aware public has left behind the habit of reading newspapers and watching news channels. People please do realize, had their been some risk like this, wouldn’t have the public been alerted and informed by the government itself? Won’t news headlines be talking about it all day? Do you have any idea what is the source of the forwarded messages that you received? Do you ever bother to find out? Even if you come across something sensible, isn’t it sane enough to go by the law and not take it into your own hands instead? Hopefully public realizes this soon, before WhatsApp turns everyone into either murderers or victims.