Bhopal: Three Congress leaders thrashed by angry mob

Bhopal: Mob lynching on suspicions of child kidnapping has been repeatedly increased in the past week with three congress leaders brutally thrashed after they were mistaken as child kidnappers in Madhya Pradesh’s village.

According to sources the villagers had blocked the main road using fallen trees over rumours of gang of kidnappers prowling at Navalsinh village in Betul district on Thursday night.

The three local Congress leaders – Dharmendra Shukla, Dharmu Singh Lanjiwar and Lalit Baraskar travelling in a car turned around when they say the barricade at night.

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When the leaders turned to take the other route, the angry mob chased them and surrounded them in no time and started damaging the vehicle. The mob took the leaders out and thrashed them said the police.

“Suspecting them to be child kidnapers, the villagers chased the vehicle and attacked it. The vehicle was damaged. They also assaulted the three Congress leaders. A case has been filed with the Betul police and investigation is on,” said senior police officer Ram Snehi Mishra.

Over the past few years lynching across various states have seen a rise.

In the recently concluded budget session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly, the opposition BJP’s lawmakers had condemned rising cases of lynching in the state.

Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP lawmakers had questioned the Kamal Nath government why it brought a bill seeking punishment to those who kill in the name of cow protection, but not other lynching over other reasons.

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