Indian police said Tuesday that 10 people had been arrested over the murder of a man accused of kidnapping children in the latest lynching linked to rumours circulating on WhatsApp.
More than 20 people have been killed in similar attacks across India, under its Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the past three months leaving local authorities, as well as Facebook-owned WhatsApp, scrambling for solutions.
Police said the latest victim was murdered on July 28, but villagers only discovered his decomposing body down a well nearly a week later. The 29-year-old was set upon in Dindori district in Madhya Pradesh state by a mob wielding iron bars and bamboo rods. “The attackers threw the body in a well and fled,” Dindori police chief Kartikeyan K. told AFP. He said local residents grew suspicious of the victim, who was from a neighbouring district, after rumours spread on WhatsApp about child kidnappers and organ harvesters prowling the area. Another three suspects are being sought, Kartikeyan said.
The murder comes just three weeks after a woman was brutally killed by a mob in the same state over the same falsehood shared on social media. (AFP)