3 Congressional leaders, misguided as hijackers, thrown into Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: Three Congress leaders knocked down a mob after they made the mistake of kidnapping children in a village in Madhya Pradesh, police said.
The mob blocked the main road using fallen trees due to rumors that a gang kidnapping children wandered the village of Navalsinh in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday night.
Three local Congress leaders – Dharmendra Shukla, Dharmu Singh Lanjiwar and Lalit Baraskar – were traveling by car when they spotted the barricade at night. They turned around assuming some highway robbers were waiting to ambush them, police said.
The villagers pursued them and at no time surrounded them and damaged the vehicle. They were taken out and thrown on a mob, police said.
“Suspecting the kidnappers, the villagers drove the vehicle and attacked it. The vehicle was damaged. They also attacked three Congress leaders. A case has been proposed in Betul police and an investigation is ongoing,” said senior police officer Ram Snehi Mishra.
Last week, a dozen cases of abuse of people suspected of abduction were reported from across Madhya Pradesh.
Three suspected cases were reported from Betula, the same district where Congress was thrashing. Other cases from Indore, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Sehore, Neemuch, Raisen and Dewas have been reported.
In Dewas, timely police action prevented a otherwise capable woman from lynching on suspicion of abducting a child on Saturday. Police said a middle-aged man who was found dead in Raisen County last week is being viewed as a suspected lynching case over rumors of child abduction.
In July and August 2018, two differently capable men and a woman were lynched in Singrauli and Dindori districts on suspicion of kidnapping children.
Last July, a WhatsApp video that mistakenly identified a Hyderabad technician as a child abductor led to a lynching near the Bidar clan of Karnataka.
In the recently wrapped budget session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly, BJP opposition MPs condemned the increasing incidents of lynching in the state.

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