TWO tribals were beaten to death and six others seriously injured after a mob of villagers attacked them on the suspicion that they were robbers. The incident took place in Chandgaon village in Vaijapur taluka of Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district on Friday morning.
Police said a mob of at least 400 villagers attacked the eight tribals with wooden and metal rods after nabbing them from near a farm in the village. Policemen from Vaijapur police station said they received a call from a villager, informing that they had caught “robbers”. When police reached the village, they found six persons on the ground who had been brutally assaulted. The mob dispersed after the police warned them of using force. Two more persons were then brought before the police, who had also been assaulted.
The eight persons, some of whom were unconscious, were rushed to a government hospital in Aurangabad. Two of them were declared brought dead. The deceased have been identified as Bharat Sonavane (30), a resident of Mitmita village who belonged to Bhill community, and Shivaji Shinde (45), a resident of Rajnagar in Aurangabad who belonged to Pardhi community. The six injured are Ganesh Sonavane (26), Gangaram Bhosale (22), Rajesh Bhosale (25), Dagdgu Kale (30), Ramesh Pawar (28) and Gamtidas Kale (50).
In two more instances of people losing their lives due to the fake news on social media, four people were lynched — two each in Assam’s Karbi Anglong and Maharashtra’s Aurangabad — in the last 24 hours following rumors that they were child lifters or thieves. TOI had reported at least six similar lynchings in south India in May.
In perhaps the most numbing case of lynching so far, a sound engineer from Mumbai, Nilotpal Das (29) and his businessman friend Abhijeet Nath(30), were beaten to death on Friday evening in Karbi Anglong district by a mob which mistook the duo for child-lifters.