Jamnagar, June 21: Two men were thrashed in Dwarka, Gujarat, on suspicion of being a part of a child-lifting gang. Police said that an audio clip of a gang of 300 child-lifters had gone viral in Jamnagar and Dwarka in the past few days. “There is no child-lifting gang in Gujarat. People should not believe such rumours,” a police official told ANI.

Men being thrashed brutally, some being lynched, over such rumours has become common these days. Earlier this month, two youths were beaten to death in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district as they were suspected of being child-lifters. The deceased, Abhijit Nath and Nilutpal Das, were going to Kanthe Langshu picnic spot when they were attacked at Panjuri village. According to eyewitnesses, both the young men were beaten brutally with bamboo poles and tortured to death by villagers. In all, 31 people have been arrested in connection with the case.  Police also rounded up 35 others for spreading hate messages through social media. Meanwhile, the families of the deceased have sought a CBI inquiry.

Meanwhile,  the Gauhati High Court issued notices to state government officials asking them to apprise it of steps taken to nab the culprits. A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Achintya Malla Bujorbarua, took suo motu cognisance of the incident in which two friends were beaten to death by a mob, observed that the state is under a constitutional obligation to protect the lives of its residents, and sadly in this case, it has failed to do so.