Bengaluru: A mob in Bengaluru lynched a man who was suspected to be a child-trafficker. Police arrested 14 people, including four women, on Wednesday in connection with the case. The man was beaten with cricket bats and logs, the police said.
A mob of 25 people attacked the man, identified as Kaluram, in Cottonpet. The victim was a native of Rajasthan. He worked as a tiles-fitter and had come to Bengaluru from Pune a month ago.
The victim was chased by some women near Chamarajpet garden after they suspected him to be a child-lifter. The bystanders caught him and assaulted him.
Police rushed to the scene to rescue the victim from the mob. They took him to a hospital, but he died on the way.
"There was no basis for suspecting him as a child trafficker. There is a WhatsApp video in circulation portraying the features of a suspected child trafficker," the station house officer of the Chamarajpet police station.
"Relying on it, women targeted him and finally a group of people lynched him," he said.
Meanwhile, in a similar incident, residents of a village in Hassan caught a man from Bihar suspecting that he was a child-lifter. They handed him over to the police.
Another similar incident was reported in Raichur district where a mentally-challenged man was attacked by a group of people who thought he was a child-trafficker.
At Andersonpet in Kolar, two men were roughed up by a mob which suspected them to be child-lifters.
With inputs from PTI