Aurangabad, Jun 11: Two tribals were lynched by a mob of villagers who suspected them to be robbers. Six others were seriously injured after being beaten up by the mob. The incident took place in Chandgaon village in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district on Friday morning.

A mob of at least 400 villagers attacked the eight tribals with wooden and metal rods after nabbing them from near a farm, police said. The villagers then informed police that they had caught “robbers”. Upon arrival, cops found six persons on the ground who had been brutally assaulted.

After the police manage to disperse the mob, two more people were brought before the police, who had also been thrashed. All eight tribals were rushed to a government hospital in Aurangabad. Two of them were declared brought dead. The deceased belonged to Bhill community.

“Those who have been beaten to death have no known criminal record and there is no information suggesting their involvement in robbery,” Assistant inspector Bhagwan Dange of Vaijapur police station told a newspaper.

“Over the past few weeks, there were unconfirmed reports that robber gangs were on the prowl. But no case or incident was registered. The villagers suspected these people to be robbers and caught them in the early hours,” he added.

Nine persons have been arrested in connection with the attack, whereas 400 others were booked in connection with the attack. Provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), may be invoked as both the deceased belonged to Scheduled Tribes.