Mentally challenged man tied to tree and thrashed over kidnapping suspicions

Bengaluru: A mentally challenged man was attacked by a mob in Bengaluru after they suspected him to be a child kidnapper. Residents of a neighbourhood in Whitefield spotted the man – who is from Odisha – and feared that he would kidnap children.

Police said the man was tied to a tree with a rope and beaten up by locals.

A video shows the man being slapped and hit on the head while being interrogated by locals. One of the abusers can be heard asking him for his ID card, while another can be heard saying “He is doing drama.”

The man was rescued by the police, and four people were arrested after a case was registered.

This mob attack in Bengaluru comes about two months after a 32-year-old software engineer was beaten to death by a mob in north Karnataka’s Bidar over WhatsApp-driven rumours of child kidnapping.

(With inputs from Agencies)