In a shocking incident of mob violence triggered by rumours spread on social media platforms, a 40-year-old beggar woman was hacked to death in Ahmedabad by a mob which mistook her as a member of child-lifting gang. The victim was identified as Shantiben Marwadi, who was declared dead by Ahmedabad civil hospital where she was rushed in after being mercilessly thrashed by a mob in Vadaj area of the city. Three other women beggars were also thrashed by the mob that turned violent as the four women were found begging the city amidst rumours that a gang of women involved in child lifting is roaming around in the city. All the four women came to Ahmedabad for begging from neighbouring Rajasthan. They stayed in hutments in the outskirts of the city. Startled by the incident, Ahmedabad police issued an advisory asking people not to believe in social media messages and videos on child-lifting gang roaming in the city. The police also warned those spreading rumours on Whatsapp, Facebook and other platforms to incite people.Similar incidents of people being thrashed over social media rumours were earlier reported from several states including Tamil Nadu, Assam, Odisha, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The special CBI court here is likely to pass an order on the bail plea of Indrani Mukerjea, a prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, on December 10.Indrani had applied for bail on health grounds around six months ago before special Judge J.C. Jagdale, and this is her fourth attempt at seeking bail.Making his submission on Saturday, Indrani’s lawyer Tanveer Ahmed reiterated that she is suffering from a “terminal illness” and her condition is “deteriorating”.Also Read Indrani’s medical condition irreversible, says her lawyer He argued that there was a change in circumstance since her last bail plea was rejected about a year ago.At least 36 witnesses have been examined during this period, and Indrani has been suffering from frequent blackouts, he said.Countering the prosecution’s claim that Indrani may influence witnesses if released on bail, Ahmed said the court can give her an interim bail for certain period and check her conduct.Earlier, the prosecution had argued that since September 2018 (when she had applied for bail), there is no new report indicating that her health has worsened and she is critical.Indrani is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, with the help of two other accused, in April 2012.The matter came to light in August 2015, after her driver Shyamvar Rai confessed to the crime following his arrest in an arms case.It led to the arrest of Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna.Peter Mukerjea, Indrani’s husband at that time, was later arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy.