Google techie lynched in Karnataka's Bidar over child-lifting rumours on WhatsApp

Google techie lynched in Karnataka's Bidar over child-lifting rumours on WhatsApp

In the latest instance of mob violence triggered by rumours and suspicions around the presence of "child-lifters", one man was beaten to death and three others critically injured by a mob in Karnataka's Bidar district on Friday (July 13).

According to Indian Express' report, the victims stopped for tea near a school at Murki village in Aurad taluka at about 4.30 pm, where Kubaisi gave foreign chocolates to children. Bashir, who worked in Hyderabad, had invited the other three to his home and they were travelling to Handikera in a vehicle when the incident took place, The Hindu reported. Three of his other friends -including a Qatari national-were severely injured in the mob attack, reports NDTV.

Usmansab and his three friends had come to visit their friend Mohammed Bashir Afroz at Handikera village in Bidar on Sunday. As he was carrying chocolates brought from Qatar, he offered it to few children out of affection. "They threw stones and hit me with sticks from all sides and I stayed put in the vehicle", Kubaisi, his face and body filled with bruises, told Express in an interview. "They were stopped by a mob at another village and assaulted", Mr Mohd Aslam, Azam's younger brother said.

A police officer, requesting anonymity, said the video, showing some persons allegedly confessing to the kidnapping of children, was the reason behind the lynching of the techie. The group was beaten with stones and sticks, police said.

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Kubaisi and Salman, who have been shifted to a Hyderabad hospital, are stable and out of danger, doctors said. The Aurad Police Station official also claimed that 30 people who were a part of the mob have also been arrested.

In one video, Inspector Dilip Sagar is seen pleading with the mob to spare the lives of the men.

He said 10 policemen, including himself, tried to form a ring around the victims, but the mob attacked them too. Salham said that the mob dispersed when police reached the spot. I begged and pleaded with the people to let them go. The two men, who worked as labourers with the Chennai Metro, were thrashed when they tried to stop a child from crossing a busy road as a bystander suspected them to be child-lifters. Following the rumours, people started gathering immediately. Police also carried out raids in surrounding areas, where some people were reported to be hiding.

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