Two men lynched in Au­rangabad dis­trict on sus­pi­cion of rob­bery

The Hitavada - - NATION -

ANOTHER in­ci­dent of lynch­ing al­legedly trig­gered by fake mes­sages in cir­cu­la­tion on the so­cial me­dia has come to light, this time from Au­rangabad dis­trict in Ma­ha­rash­tra, po­lice said on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, two men were al­legedly beaten to death and seven oth­ers were in­jured, one of them crit­i­cally, af­ter a mob of vil­lagers at­tacked them on sus­pi­cion of be­ing rob­bers in Chandgaon vil­lage in Vai­japur taluka on June 8.

Po­lice said a mob of at least 1,500 vil­lagers al­legedly at­tacked nine men with wooden sticks af­ter nab­bing them from near a farm in the vil­lage on morn­ing of last Fri­day.

A Vai­japur po­lice sta­tion official said some fake mes­sages about the pres­ence of a “gang of rob­bers” were do­ing rounds on What­sapp and the in­ci­dent was fall­out of these ru­mours.

“Fol­low­ing the ru­mours, vil­lagers were main­tain­ing a vigil in night hours,” said As­sis­tant Po­lice In­spec­tor Ram Hari Ya­dav.

The official said po­lice rushed to the spot af­ter they re­ceived a call from a vil­lager, in­form­ing that they had caught a gang of “rob­bers”.

When po­lice reached the vil­lage, they found nine men on the ground who had been bru­tally as­saulted, he said.

Po­lice rushed the in­jured men to the ru­ral hos­pi­tal in Vai­japur, be­fore shift­ing them to the GMCH (Govern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hos­pi­tal) in Au­rangabad, 70 kms away from the vil­lage.

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