Bhubaneswar: After several innocent people were inhumanly attacked by mob following rumours about a child-lifting gang floating on social media, the Odisha Police today issued an advisory in this regard warning stern action against those taking law into their hands.
“No such gang is operating in the state and no case of child lifting has been reported from anywhere, he said asking people to refrain from spreading such rumours on social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp,” said Director General of Police (DGP) RP Sharma.
“People should not take law into their hands on the basis of false rumours about child lifting,” Sharma said adding if someone is found behaving suspiciously, people must first approach the police and report the matter instead of resorting to violence.
Taking note of some non-Odia people were thrashed on suspicion of child-lifters, the Police Chief said there are many people from our neighbouring states are earning their living in Odisha and vice versa. Therefore, people shouldn’t brand them as child-lifters and refrain from attacking them.
Dismissing the rumours about the gang of child lifters who are kidnapping children in order to sell their kideneys, livers and eyes, the DGP urged people not to believe such stories. “All these body parts can only be separated from a human being under the guidance of a doctor, so the messages doing the rounds on social media are fake,” Sharma added.
SPs of all districts have been instructed to keep a strict vigil in their respective areas, he said.
As per the latest reports, these unfortunate incidents have been reported from some areas in Rayagada, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Kendrapara, Balasore and Cuttack districts.
A woman was thrashed and made naked by a group of persons near Soro in Balasore district suspecting her to be a child-lifter. Later, the woman was found to be mentally-challanged.
Similarly, as many as 16 people were arrested today at Peruguda village under Ambadola police limits in Rayagada district for attacking a teacher and a businessman suspecting them as child-lifters.