Lynching of five in Dhule: 23 arrested

10 Arrested In Maharashtra For Lynching 5 Men Suspected To Be Child Lifters

Lynching of five in Dhule: 23 arrested

Five persons were killed in Maharashtra's Dhule district on Sunday by villagers, who suspected that they were part of a gang of child lifters, police said.

Police said they used canes to disperse the violent mob. "On Sunday the group was begging in Rainpada when locals spotted them and dragged the men to a Gram Panchayat office room where they were beaten to death". Fifteen people have been taken into custody so far, the police said.

The police have imposed a curfew in the village as the situation remains tense and additional police forces have also been deployed. The officer expressed his appreciation for the owners of the mill Afreen Sizing Works and Rasheed Rationwala for saving the five from the mob.

The Maharashtra Police on Sunday rescued five members of a family who were allegedly attacked by a mob on the suspicion of being child abductors in Nashik district, The Hindu reported.

The number of people on the street in Rainpada was exceptionally high, as they had gathered for the weekly bazaar.

"When rumours start circulating on social media, it takes some time to stop them completely", senior Assam police official Mukesh Agarwal told BBC Hindi's Dilip Kumar Sharma, adding that police were watching various social media sites to try to stop the spread of the messages.

Warning: The video contains disturbing visuals.

The police claim the first call was made to the police station around 12:15 pm, informing them about the commotion in the village.

When the police arrived and gathered the battered bodies in a vehicle, the crowd demanded that two of the bodies be taken down as they wanted to check that the men were dead.

He said that in recent weeks there have been several such incidents across Maharashtra including Aurangabad, and in Jalna where the local BJP legislator was involved in a similar attack on some persons. Superintendent of Dhule police M. Ramkumar was also at the spot, handling the investigations. The police invoked several sections of rioting and Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

An FIR was filed around 10 pm, nearly 11 hours after the incident, at Pimpalner police station. "Most faces are identifiable in the video recording".

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