NEW DELHI, NETRALANEWS.COM - Police say a mass of people have killed six people in the state of Jharkhand in India over rumors of child kidnapping in the area.
Three people were beaten to death in the district of Seraikela on Thursday morning (18/05/2017) and three others were killed in the Jamshedpur district at night.
A senior police official told the BBC that the incident occurred because "rumors that a kidnapping group of children is active in the region".
Police have not arrested the suspects in both cases.
It is not clear when and how the rumors began. But RK Malik, a spokesman for the state police, said people were getting worried about them.
"They suspect anyone they do not know as kidnappers," he said.
He added that the police officers were injured while trying to stop the crowd in Seraikela.
The country's top policeman, DK Pandey, said police have not received reports of kidnapped children in the two districts in recent days. "So this is just a rumor," he said.
More than 100 police officers have been stationed in each district to provide security and end the rumors.
Jharkhand is one of the poorest states in India.
India has faced sporadic incidents of mass justice and prior vigilance. In April, a man carrying cattle died after being beaten by the masses.
A Muslim man in northern India was also beaten to death in 2015 because of rumors that his family had slaughtered a cow - which is considered sacred by Hindus.
In the northeastern state of Assam, more than 70 people - mostly women - were beaten or stoned to death between 2010 and 2016 on suspicion of witchcraft, and in 2015 a rapist was taken by a group of people from a prison in Nagaland and killed.