CHENNAI: In yet another incident of persons from other States being mistaken for child-lifters and attacked by mobs, a middle aged man was thrashed by the public in Tiruvallur on Wednesday.
A senior police officer said the man was found walking on the streets of Periyar Nagar in Melnalathur, when a group of people suspected him to be a child kidnapper. “The group gagged the man and attacked him for over 10 minutes,” he added.
The officer said that no complaint has been filed so far.
Since April, at least two people have been killed and dozens injured in Chennai’s neighbouring districts in such incidents. The mob attacks were instigated by fake social media messages on child-lifting gangs.
Five days ago, two migrant workers from Bihar were trashed by a mob at Teynampet, suspecting them to be child lifters.