Google Engineer Lynched Over suspicion of Child Lifting Rumours on WhatsApp
In Yet another shocking incident came to light in Karnataka’s Bidar A 32-year-old man was lynched and two others were brutally injured following a WhatsApp rumour mob attacked them after being suspected them of having abducted child. The man who was lynched by mob after a rumor of a child lifting on WhatsApp was Google Software Engineer hailing from Hyderabad. He has been identified as Mohammed Azam.
Aparr from deceased, Azam and the two others injured were came to visit a friend in the Handikera village when the mob Lynching incident took place.
The horrrific incident of mob lynching took place after a video of three men seen distributing chocolates to the local children in the area was circulated on messanger WhatsApp. The alleged video triggered the rumours and provokes local saying the men were seen a video are kidnappers. Thereafter, the photos and the messages went viral in no time. The men sensing danger drove away but ended up jumping over a culvert and their vehicle fell into the ditch. Soon afterward, the mob pulled them out from the ditch and beat them ruthlessly.
Police arrived at the spot but a little bit later, and took all the men who were brutally being beaten up having suspected of being child lifters to a Hospital but unfortunately Azam was declared brought dead and two were admitted in the Hospital are said to be in a critical condition.
Taking Whatsapp rumours in a serious note, three WhatsApp group admins who circulated the photos of three men and stating these men were child lifters have been arrested. Also, 30 more who were a part of the mob too have been arrested, said a police official.
One of the relatives of the victims said, “My cousins went to Aurad for picnic, my brother gave chocolates to school children, we don’t know what their parents thought but several villagers gathered & assaulted them.”
This is not the first time a people are killed following a social media rumours. In June five men were brutally lynched in Maharashtra’s Dhule district over suspicion of being child-lifters. Similarly, two people were lynched in Assam’s Karbi Anglong in the same month by a mob who fell prey to same rumours.