Mobs beats up suspected thieves, parades naked

PTI, PANAJI | 02 June 2014 18:33 IST

In a shocking case of vigilante justice, two men in their mid-twenties were roughed up, dragged and paraded naked by a mob near here after locals suspected them to be thieves, police said today. They were alleged to have stolen mobile phones.

The incident took place on May 21 near the Cabo de Ram Fort, 80 kms south of Panaji, but came to light after visuals of the episode emerged on local TV channels, prompting Goa Police to begin a crackdown on the assaulters.

Both the unidentified men, who have been untraceable since the incident, were seen being beaten up, tied to a rope and dragged on the road by a mob of more than 30 people.

Police claimed that they have taken cognisance of the visuals that emerged on channels, and the process to identify the culprits has begun.

"One person who headed the entire mob attack has been arrested while more will be nabbed due course of time," Police Inspector Ram Asre told PTI.



He said the video footage aired on local channels have been procured by police to identify those involved in the brutal attack.

According to sources, the trouble started when villagers around Cabo de Ram locality suspected that the youth were involved in mobile theft cases.

They were called by villagers under a false pretext of enquiring about a theft and upon arrival, were taken to an isolated spot and beaten up.

The footage was captured by one person in the mob, who later uploaded it on a social networking website.

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