July 27, 2017

6 men lynched in India over child abduction

19 May 2017, 07:09 | Rodolfo Wallace

Seven people have been lynched in Jharkhand in the past 24 hours over rumours of child abduction


The agitating villagers burnt two police vehicles during the protest.

In the second, related incident in adjoining Seraikela district three more men were lynched on similar suspicions, Anand said.

Reports said in East Singbhum district, three men were killed and a woman was injured after villagers dragged them out of a house and thrashed them in the open air amid rumors of kidnapping children.

Earlier in the day, two persons were beaten to death in Sosomoli village, while another was lynched in Shobhapur village by the locals, DIG (Kolhan region) Prabhat Kumar told PTI.

Two of the victims were identified as Uttam Kumar Verma, a resident of Jugsalai, and Ganesh Kumar Gupta of Bagbera, the SP (City) said adding, the identity of another victim could not be established.

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Telegraph reported that the group of four traders were on their way from Haldipokhar last night to Rajnagar to buy cattle at a local market when a mob, enraged at rumours of "child lifting", intercepted their vehicle at Shobhapur village in Rajnagar block.

Mob violence continued unabated across India, the latest incident being reported from Jharkhand, where three Muslim cattle traders were lynched based on rumours that they were involved in kidnapping of local children.

Senior police officials have reached the village to take stock of the situation.

Following the incident, the police had asked the villagers not to pay heed to rumours.

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