A mob allegedly lynched a 22-year-old tribal man and left another with serious wounds in Gujarat’s Dahod district on Saturday night, NDTV reported. The survivor, who is being treated at a local hospital, said the mob suspected them to be thieves fleeing Kali Mahudi village. Dahod is predominantly inhabited by members of the tribal community.
Limdi police station officials have registered a first information report against unidentified people based on Mathur’s complaint. No arrests have been made yet.
The police identified the deceased as Ajmal Vahoniya of Undaar village, who was released from jail with the injured man, Bharu Mathur from Amali Khajuriya village, a few days ago, The Indian Express reported.
Mathur claimed a mob accosted them while they were travelling through Kali Mahudi village on Saturday night. When Vahoniya told them the name of the village he was from, the mob accused him of being a thief. The two tried to flee from the site fearing threat to their lives, but were caught and beaten up.
Sub-inspector Pravin Jundal said the residents had claimed that a group of more than 20 robbers had entered the village on Saturday night and that they caught only two of them. “The investigation is under way and we are verifying the veracity of the claims,” Jundal said. “A case of murder has been registered against the mob and arrests will be made soon. We are yet to verify the claims of the villagers and why had Vahoniya and Mathur come to the village. Both the victims were released from jail a few days ago and have cases of theft as well as rioting against them.”