5 lynched in Dhule, 4 injured in Malegaon over social media rumours

Malegaon incident is second in 24 hours

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | July 2, 2018


#Social Media   #Lynching   #Malegaon   #Dhule  
(Illustration: Ashish Asthana)
(Illustration: Ashish Asthana)

While the Maharashtra police has detained 23 people in connection with the lynching incident in Dhule, in a fresh case in Malegaon, at least four men were beaten unconscious on suspicion of being child lifters, according to News18. The police managed to rescue the victims who are undergoing treatment at a local hospital and are said to be critical. This is the second such incident in 24 hours.

Earlier, in a weekly market in Rainpada, a cluster of tribal hamlets with a population of 2,500, in Dhule district, five men were dragged to the gram panchayat office where angry villagers thrashed them to death over suspicion that they were part of a gang of child lifters.

According to police, rumours that a gang of child lifters was active in the area were doing the rounds both on social media and word of mouth for a few days.

The five men were seen deboarding a state transport bus .When one of them tried to speak to a girl child, the villagers pounced on them. Five people died after being assaulted.

A local journalist, Rajendra Khairnar, has also mentioned of rumours of child kidnappers moving around in Dhule. Fake pictures of children were being circulated on WhatsApp along with messages that the kids were killed after their kidneys were removed.

Comments

 

Other News

A great literary feast (that could’ve been even more sumptuous)

A Case of Indian Marvels: Dazzling Stories from the Country’s Finest Writers Edited by David Davidar Aleph, 390 pages, Rs 999 Change is the only constant, and India has always been doing so. Yet, after independence, if there was a year when the p

Govt e-Marketplace sellers report more business

“My volume of business has increased ever since I registered on GeM (Government e-Marketplace) in 2017. Earlier, I could supply items only in the vicinity of my shop in Fort area and only within Mumbai. Now, I ship my products all over the country! I have tied up with India Post and three private cou

How the Hindi Newspaper Business Changed

The Journey of Hindi Language Journalism in India: From Raj to Swaraj and Beyond By Mrinal Pande Orient BlackSwan, 188 pages, Rs 1,195.00 In India, the English-language media is considered the ‘national media’, while the language press

More reforms in telecom sector in offing: Ashwini Vaishnaw

The telecom sector in the country will witness more reforms in the coming years, minister for communications, electronics & IT and railways Ashwini Vaishnaw has said. He also asserted that the industry too will have to do its bit and reciprocate by improving quality of service significantly.

Left-wing extremism: challenges and response

Left-wing extremism is in existence right from India’s independence, but it became prominent in 1967 under the name of Naxalism. The nomenclature of this movement has changed from time to time and place to place depending upon the leadership. Before 2014 more than 15 states were facing this problem w

Agri Min organises events ahead of International Year of Millets 2023

A series of pre-launch events and initiatives have been organised by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on the MyGov platform in the run-up to the International Year of Millets 2023 to create awareness and a sense of participation in the country  around the ancient and forgotten golden

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter