Maharastra: Another accused in Dhule lynching case arrested

The incident took place last Sunday when five people were lynched to death by villagers in Dhule district on suspicion of being child-lifters.

Published: 08th July 2018 10:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2018 01:20 AM   |  A+A-

Maharastra: Main accused in Dhule lynching case arrested

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By PTI

DHULE: A man was on Sunday arrested for allegedly being part of the mob that beat five men to death on July 1 in Rainpada hamlet in Maharashtra's Dhule district.

A senior police official identified the accused as Dashrath Pimpalse (35) and added that his was the 25th arrest in connection with the lynching case.

Another person has also been rounded up and his questioning is currently underway, the official added.

The alleged main accused in the incident, Maharu Pawar (22), was arrested from neighbouring Nandurbar district on July 4.

Five men, residents of Solapur district and hailing from the Nath Gosavi community, were beaten to death by irate villagers who suspected them to be child lifters.

Videos of the July 1 lynching, which went viral on social media, showed the five men being beaten with sticks, chappals and stones.

The incident happened, reportedly, due to social media-fuelled rumours that a gang of child-lifters was active in the area.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the dead.

Assuring swift justice, Fadnavis said, "People should not believe in rumours, we will take strict action against those who are behind them. The Dhule lynching case will be sent to a fast-track court."

(with input from agencies)

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