Eight peo­ple killed by In­dia lynch mobs in less than a week

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NEW DELHI: Eight peo­ple have been mur­dered by lynch mobs across In­dia in less than a week, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day, as law en­force­ment strug­gles to curb a re­cent spate of vig­i­lante killings.

An­gry mobs turned on vic­tims in five sep­a­rate Indian states, many mo­ti­vated by ru­mours of child kid­nap­ping or al­le­ga­tions of thiev­ery or sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

In the cap­i­tal New Delhi on Wed­nes­day, a 32-year- old man was beaten to death by four men wield­ing iron bars who ac­cused the vic­tim of ha­rass­ing a woman, po­lice said. Three ar­rests have been made.

On the same day in east­ern Jharkhand state, two Mus­lims ac­cused of steal­ing cattle were dragged from their car and killed by tribes­peo­ple in the dis­trict of Godda.

Lo­cal po­lice chief Ra­jiv Ran­jan said four of the at­tack­ers – who were armed with bows and ar­rows – had been ar­rested and a search was un­der­way for the oth­ers.

In neigh­bour­ing West Ben­gal also on Wed­nes­day, a home­less man ac­cused of ab­duct­ing chil­dren was tied to an elec­tric­ity py­lon and beaten to death with clubs. Po­lice said three ar­rests have been made.

The rash of mur­ders fol­lowed four lynch­ings on Fri­day, in­clud­ing a bru­tal as­sault caught on cam­era that prompted out­rage and calls for tougher laws on vig­i­lante as­sailants.

The grue­some video shot in north­east­ern As­sam state showed two men ac­cused of kid­nap­ping chil­dren plead­ing for their lives as they were dragged from their car and mur­dered.

That same day, two labour­ers were killed in Ma­ha­rash­tra state some 2,500 kilo­me­tres away af­ter be­ing ac­cused of theft.

Po­lice have strug­gled to douse per­sis­tent ru­mours on so­cial me­dia about a child kid­nap­ping ring that mo­ti­vated six vig­i­lante killings across In­dia in May. Of­fi­cials say no such traf­fick­ing net­work ex­ists.

Public aware­ness cam­paigns have been launched urg­ing In­di­ans to ig­nore videos cir­cu­lat­ing on Face­book and What­sApp pur­port­ing to show chil­dren be­ing ab­ducted by men. — AFP

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