Mumbai, July 1: Five men on Sunday were lynched by villagers in Maharashtra’s Dhule district, as the men were suspected of being a gang of child lifters. Fifteen people, suspected to being involved in the lynching, have been detained by police.

The five, along with a few others, were seen getting down from a state transport bus in the tribal Rainpada hamlet, police said. When one of them apparently tried to speak to a girl child, villagers, who had gathered for the weekly Sunday bazaar, pounced on them, they added.

“Five were killed in the mob fury,” police said. According to police, there were rumours for the last few days that a gang of child lifters was active in the area.

The bodies are being taken to the nearby Pimpalner hospital, they added.

In an earlier incident on June 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 June 11.

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.

(With inputs from PTI)