RANCHI / KOLKATA: The mob reportedly confronted the victim at Bulbulchandi-Dubapara village in Habibpur and wanted to know his reason for being there. The victim, reportedly a homeless man in his thirties, failed to convince the crowd which tied him to an electricity post and thrashed him to death.
Police took the victim to Malda Medical College and Hospital, some 30 km away, but he was declared brought dead.
Speaking to TNIE, Malda district SP Arnab Ghosh said three persons have been arrested in connection with the lynching but the victim is yet to be identified. CPM MLA Khagen Murmu termed the incident ‘ghastly’.
Habibpur Block Development Officer Subhajit Jana said awareness camps would be organised on Thursday to discourage people from believing in rumours of child-lifting and confirmed there have been no cases of child-lifting in the area in the recent past.