The National Human Rights Commission on Monday took cognisance suo motu of the lynching of seven persons near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and issued notice to the Director-General of Police, asking him for a “detailed report” within four weeks.“The Commission also expects comments on the preventive measure taken/proposed…to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur,” the NHRC said in a statement. It said such incidents amounted to violation of the right to life of the innocent victims. “A civilised society cannot allow such heinous crimes to occur, in which human lives are taken by angry mob merely on suspicion of their being anti-social elements…The law enforcement agencies of the State have failed to perform their lawful duty,” it said. In Ranchi, DGP D.K. Pandey and Home Secretary S.K.G. Rahate said at a press conference that the officers in charge of the Bagbera and Rajnagar police stations were suspended and 18 persons were arrested for the killings and the subsequent violence. ‘Will probe incident’ADG (Operation) R.K. Mallick said officials had failed to anticipate the situation brought on by rumours about child-lifting gangs. Mr. Rahate said the Kolhan DIG and Commissioner would probe the incident and submit a report in a month. “We are investigating whether there was any criminal conspiracy behind the circulation of such rumours,” he said. On May 18, seven persons were lynched, in areas under these two police stations, allegedly by a mob that suspected them of being child-lifters.