Six lynched over child abduction rumours

Six lynched over child abduction rumours

Four persons were brutally beaten to death yesterday in Jamshedpur over rumours of being child kidnappers.

The incident took place when a group of four cattle traders were on their way to Rajnagar in Seraikela-Kharsawan district to buy cattle. In the ensuing clash, five policemen were injured and the villagers torched two more vehicles.

Seven people have been lynched in two separate incidents on Thursday, and at least six have escaped with injuries over the last 10 days. "Suspecting them to be child-lifters, a mob physically assaulted and beat them with sticks until they died".

Six people were lynched to death by villagers in three places in Jharkhand on Thursday, news agency PTI reported.

Police denied reports that a number of child abduction cases were reported in the region as part of trafficking rackets.

The police say rumours had been swirling in the region, as well as the neighbouring Saraikela district, where three cattle traders, Nayeem, Seraj Khan and Sajju, were thrashed to death by a mob.

The SP (City) said when a police team reached the spot, agitated villagers started pelting stones at them, injuring some police personnel. "There is no communal aspect", deputy inspector-general of police Prabhat Kumar was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

Police recovered three bodies from the spot while the fourth body was found on Friday from the woods near the village.