Chennai, May 11: Fake WhatsApp messages circulating in Tamil Nadu has claimed two lives in less than 24 hours. The messages term immigrants as part of child trafficking group and ask people not to trust them. Also Read - School Reopening News: This State Has Decided to Resume All Classes Simultaneously | Here's When And How
In just a day, a man was beaten to death by a mob and hung from a bridge in Pulicat on Wednesday as he was suspected to be a child trafficker. The police have detained 20 people who were a part of the mob. The preliminary inquiry in the case has revealed that the mob attacked the man as they thought him of being a north Indian who entered their area to kidnap children. Also Read - Fashion Designer Sharbari Datta Found Dead in The Washroom of Her Kolkata Residence
In another case, a 63-year-old woman was lynched by a group of villagers in Tiruvannamalai district. Four relatives of the victim, identified as Rukmani, have suffered injuries and are admitted to hospital. The woman was reportedly travelling with her relatives to pay a visit to her family deity. Also Read - BJP Workers Offer 70-kg 'Laddu' at Coimbatore Temple Ahead of PM Modi's 70th Birthday
After darshan, Rukmani stopped her car at a village and started handing chocolates to the children. Villagers thought that she was luring them. A group suddenly attacked her. She succumbed to her injuries later.
With regard to the matter, the police have rounded up at least 30 people. All have been charged with murder.
Another migrant from North India, Sanjay, was tied up to an electric pole. He was thrashed brutally. On investigating the case, police claimed that he too was a victim of the paranoia.
Meanwhile, the police as a precautionary measure have formed teams to ask and convince people to not believe fake WhatsApp messages.