India Army Rescues 3 Priests From Rumour-Driven Mob Attack In Assam

16:51  06 july  2018
16:51  06 july  2018 Source:   ndtv.com

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District officials said Army men posted at an adjacent camp and police officers came to the rescue of three persons yesterday after hundreds of people had gathered to attack them in the wake of rumours of child-lifting.

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Amid concern over mob killings driven by WhatsApp messages, the army today arrived just in time in Assam's Mahur town to save the lives of three priests who were under attack from a large crowd that believed they were kidnappers out to get children. Three others were rescued by the police 29 km away, at Haflong, the district headquarters of Dima Hasao. The police said villagers attacked the men because rumours of "child-lifters" in the area were doing the rounds on WhatsApp.

The priests from Uttar Pradesh -- aged between 26 and 31 years -- were at Mahur town of central Assam when their car was targeted. A mob stopped the vehicle, dragged them out and an argument started.

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As the crowd grew, some locals, fearing a situation similar to Karbi Anglong, where two men were beaten to death last month on suspicion of being child lifters, called in the local army unit. The army personnel reached the spot within minutes and rescued one of the priests. The other two, who had managed to escape, were caught by locals about half-a-kilometre away and handed over to the army.

The priests were taken to the army camp for questioning and then turned over to the police.

In Haflong too, locals tried to attack three "strangers", suspecting them to be kidnappers.

Last month, two men were beaten to death in Karbi Anglong's Dengaon, an area from where many have been killed over the years on suspicion of witchcraft. The killings took place after rumours spread on social media about the presence of child kidnappers in the area.

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Over the last two months, around 20 killings have taken place across the country following social media-based rumours.

Last week, five men were beaten to death in Maharashtra's Dhule. One of the WhatsApp videos doing the rounds in the area, spreading rumours about the murder of children for their organs, was using five-year-old photographs from Syria showing children who died from nerve gas.

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