The incident took place when a group of four cattle traders were on their way to Rajnagar in Seraikela-Kharsawan district to buy cattle.
Hundreds of tribals have lynched seven people in separate incidents in Jharkhand in the past 24 hours over rumours of child abduction that spread like wildfire across the tribal belt in the state's southern districts, police said on Friday. The mob chased the vehicle till Daru village, and while three escaped, they started beating Sheikh Naim, and set their auto on fire.
"We have received information that six people were beaten to death by mobs at two different places over child theft rumors yesterday", a police official in Ranchi told Xinhua.
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In numerous reported cases, the police have filed FIRs against the victims.
Following the incident, the police had asked the villagers not to pay heed to rumours.
The SP (City) said when a police team reached the spot, agitated villagers started pelting stones at them, injuring some police personnel.
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The police said there was no communal angle to the incident.
Allegations of child kidnapping were circling through five or six villages in the region, said the police.
"The four men lynched were cattle traders, who often frequented Sobhapur where their relatives live".
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Later, in the evening, barely 20 kilometers from Sobhapur in Nagadih village, a mob of tribals lynched three young men, two of them brothers, and thrashed their grandmother.