Six people were beaten to death by villagers in three places in Jharkhand on Thursday, over the suspicion that they were child lifters.
Local police became a target of the violence too, where two police vehicles were burnt by the angry villagers.
In the first incident, two people were beaten to death in Sosomoli village, DIG (Kolhan region) Prabhat Kumar told PTI. Another person faced a similar attack in Shobhapur village by the local residents, Kumar added.
The other incident, where three people died, took place in Nagadih, SP (City) Prasant Anand told PTI.
He also said that when the police team reached the spot to take control of the situation, the agitated villagers started pelting stones at them, which injured some police personnel. Two vehicles were damaged in the process.
Villagers responsible for the first two lynchings have been identified and action against them, once the probe is completed, DIG Prabhat Kumar said.
On Thursday, two people were beaten to death and as many were injured by local residents, on suspicion that they were child lifters in Uranium township of Jadugora in East Singhbhum district.
Following the incident, the police had asked the villagers not to entertain the rumours.