Six people were lynched to death by villagers in three places in Jharkhand on Thursday, news agency PTI reported.
The incidents took place on Thursday and the the victims were beaten to death over suspicion that they were child lifters.
Local police also became a target of the violence, with two police vehicles being burnt by agitating villagers.
In the first incident, two people were beaten to death in Sosomoli village, DIG (Kolhan region) Prabhat Kumar told PTI. Another person was beaten to death in the Shobhapur village by local residents, Kumar added.
The third lynching, in which three people died, took place in Nagadih, Superintendent of Police (City) Prasant Anand told PTI.
Anand added that when a police team reached the spot, agitated villagers started pelting stones at the cops, causing injuries among some police personnel. Two vehicles were damaged in the violence.
Villagers responsible for the first two lynchings have been identified and action will be after a probe into the violence is completed, DIG Prabhat Kumar said.
Thursday’s incidents come a week after two people were beaten to death and as many were injured by a mob 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 pay heed to rumours.