WhatsApp Rumours Updates: 5 Men Killed In Maharashtra, Men Beaten in Chennai

WhatsApp Rumours: In the latest case of mob violence, five people were killed by villagers in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, according to police.

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WhatsApp Rumours Updates: 5 Men Killed In Maharashtra, Men Beaten in Chennai

Dhule, Maharashtra: 5 people were killed by villagers after they suspected them of being child kidnappers

New Delhi: 

A number of cases of violence after WhatsApp rumours pertaining to child kidnappers spread, were reported from different states across the country. In the latest case of mob violence, five people were killed by villagers in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, according to police. 23 people were arrested in connection with the case. The five men, belonging to a nomadic community, had gone to ask for food.

When one of them reportedly tried to speak to a child, villagers, who were around for the weekly Sunday market, suspected him to be a kidnapper and began to thrash him, they said. Soon others joined them and the five were killed in mob violence, police said.

In another case in Chennai, two men were thrashed by a group of people over rumours they were trying to kidnap a child. The police said the two men who were attacked are migrant labourers who have been working on contract with Chennai Metro. Fifteen people have been taken into custody in connection with the incident, police said.

Here are the updates over the cases of mob violence after circulation of WhatsApp rumours:

 


Jul 02, 2018
13:52 (IST)
When A Text Can Trigger Lynching: WhatsApp Struggles With Fake Messages
A WhatsApp text circulating in some districts of Madhya Pradesh helped inflame a mob of 50-60 villagers into savagely beating up two innocent men last week on suspicion that they were going to murder people and sell their body parts.
Jul 02, 2018
13:51 (IST)
"India's Fake News Firestorm": BBC On Rumours Leading To Lynching
Fake news spread instantaneously over WhatsApp chat groups and Facebook is causing a "firestorm" in India and resulting in the loss of lives, warns the BBC in a new investigative report from Bangalore.
Jul 02, 2018
12:51 (IST)
Bengaluru Man, Suspected to Be Kidnapper, Beaten To Death By Mob
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.
Jul 02, 2018
12:39 (IST)
Seven men from a nomadic community had arrived from Solapur in a state transport bus and had stopped at the Rainpada village, about 140 km from Dhule town.

They reportedly went to a house to ask for food and one of them tried to speak to a child when all hell broke loose. Villagers in the area attending a weekly Sunday market suspected that he was a kidnapper and attacked him.

Soon a raging mob descended on five of the men, locked them in a room and hit them with bricks and stones. They didn't stop until five were lying on the ground, limp and bloodied. According to reports, two of the men managed to escape.

The men who were killed were reportedly from Solapur district of Maharashtra.

The police say rumours about a gang of child kidnappers active in the area had been circulating on social media and WhatsApp for some days.
Jul 02, 2018
11:52 (IST)
Maharashtra Mob Killed 5 Over Rumours, Demanded Bodies To Confirm Deaths
As the police prepared to take away five battered bodies after a horrifying mob attack in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, villagers allegedly demanded that two of the bodies be taken out of the car just to be sure they were dead. A day after the killings, details reveal the extent of brutality at a village that was apparently driven by rumours of child-kidnapping on WhatsApp.
Jul 02, 2018
11:55 (IST)
Maharashtra Mob Killed 5 Over Rumours, Demanded Bodies To Confirm Deaths
As the police prepared to take away five battered bodies after a horrifying mob attack in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, villagers allegedly demanded that two of the bodies be taken out of the car just to be sure they were dead. A day after the killings, details reveal the extent of brutality at a village that was apparently driven by rumours of child-kidnapping on WhatsApp.
Jul 02, 2018
11:58 (IST)
Maharashtra Mob Killed 5 Over Rumours, Demanded Bodies To Confirm Deaths
As the police prepared to take away five battered bodies after a horrifying mob attack in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, villagers allegedly demanded that two of the bodies be taken out of the car just to be sure they were dead. A day after the killings, details reveal the extent of brutality at a village that was apparently driven by rumours of child-kidnapping on WhatsApp.
Jul 02, 2018
12:23 (IST)
Maharashtra Mob Killed 5 Over Rumours, Demanded Bodies To Confirm Deaths
As the police prepared to take away five battered bodies after a horrifying mob attack in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, villagers allegedly demanded that two of the bodies be taken out of the car just to be sure they were dead. A day after the killings, details reveal the extent of brutality at a village that was apparently driven by rumours of child-kidnapping on WhatsApp.
Jul 02, 2018
12:33 (IST)
Dhule UPDATE: 23 people have been arrested and more are likely to be caught, according to police
Jul 02, 2018
11:50 (IST)
Maharashtra Mob Killed 5 Over Rumours, Demanded Bodies To Confirm Deaths
As the police prepared to take away five battered bodies after a horrifying mob attack in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, villagers allegedly demanded that two of the bodies be taken out of the car just to be sure they were dead. A day after the killings, details reveal the extent of brutality at a village that was apparently driven by rumours of child-kidnapping on WhatsApp.
Jul 02, 2018
11:36 (IST)
A man has been arrested and the police are searching for another accused, who was seen in a video of the incident.

The police said the two men who were attacked are migrant labourers who have been working on contract with Chennai Metro.
Jul 02, 2018
11:26 (IST)
2 Men Thrashed In Chennai Over Rumours They Came To Kidnap Child
Two men were thrashed by a group of people in Chennai over rumours that they were trying to kidnap a child. The attack comes amid a wave of mob lynching over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers on the prowl in some states.
Jul 02, 2018
11:17 (IST)
In Nashik district's Malegaon, the police had made announcements, held meetings and put out pamphlets to counter the rumour mongering.
Jul 02, 2018
11:16 (IST)
In Nashik's Malegaon, a family of five were attacked by a mob. Police managed to rescue all five members of the family. However, the mob managed to vandalise a police vehicle.

This mob attack was also because of child kidnapping rumours which had allegedly been circulating.
Jul 02, 2018
11:06 (IST)
Dhule, Maharashtra: The bodies have been sent to a hospital in nearby Pimpalner and will be taken to Solapur for the last rites.
Jul 02, 2018
10:21 (IST)
Speaking to news agency ANI, Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of State for Maharashtra, who is due to visit Dhule on Monday, urged people to not take law into their own hands.


Jul 02, 2018
10:20 (IST)
According to reports, two men from the group of seven managed to escape. All the people who have been arrested are between 20 and 30 years
Jul 02, 2018
10:20 (IST)
The men who were killed were reportedly from Solapur district of Maharashtra. It's still not clear why the men had come to Rainpada village, around 140 kilometres from Dhule town.
Jul 02, 2018
10:18 (IST)
According to police, rumours about a gang of child kidnappers active in the area had been doing the rounds for the last few days. Top officers are on the spot and investigations are underway.
Jul 02, 2018
10:18 (IST)
Dhule Attack: 5 Men Suspected To Be Child Kidnappers Killed By Maharashtra Villagers

Five people who were suspected of being child kidnappers were killed by villagers in Maharashtra's Dhule on Sunday, police said. Twelve people have been arrested. The five, along with a few others, were seen getting off a state transport bus in the tribal Rainpada village, about 140 km from Dhule town.


Jul 02, 2018
10:17 (IST)
12 have been arrested from Maharashtra's Dhule

After five people who were suspected of being child kidnappers were killed by villagers, police have arrested 12 people in connection with the killing.
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