Bengaluru: Mobs at it again, thrash 17-yr-old ‘child lifter’

Bengaluru: Two months after 26-year-old Kaluram was lynched by a mob in Chamarajpet suspecting him to be a child-lifter, a similar incident was reported in the city on Monday morning. A mob suspecting a minor boy to be a child-lifter, thrashed him and handed him over to the Hennur police.

The victim, a 17-year-old hailing from Uttar Pradesh, was heading to a shed in Thanisandra where he stays with his brother.  On the way, the boy, who was drunk, picked up a conversation with schoolchildren on Thanisandra Main Road.
A few passersby noticed him talking to children, caught hold of him and started raining blows, suspecting him to be a child-lifter. The youth could not explain himself as he was drunk and did not understand Kannada.

The police, however, denied that the youth was beaten up, and said passersby caught hold of him suspecting him to be a child lifter. No case was registered as the victim and his brother refused to file a complaint, the police said.
In May this year, six such incidents of mobs beating up innocent men and women were reported in the city. One of the victims of extreme violence was Kaluram, a labourer from Rajasthan.

Don’t take law into your hands: Top cop
City Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar has stated on many occasions that those indulging in beating up people will be dealt with an iron hand. He has also appealed to the people to alert the police if they see mobs attacking innocent people.

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