Stuck by fear that a few outsiders infiltrated into their villages to abduct children, tribals along the borders of Seraikela-Kharsawan, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum districts, have picked up traditional weapons and are attacking every stranger.
While ruling out any communal motive to the incident, police said child-kidnapping rumours in the region may have caused the incident.
"We have received information that six people were beaten to death by mobs at two different places over child theft rumors yesterday", a police official in Ranchi told Xinhua.
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Reports said in East Singbhum district, three men were killed and a woman was injured after villagers dragged them out of a house and thrashed them in the open air amid rumors of kidnapping children.
The first incident occurred in Rajnagar block's Sobhapur village where four Muslim youth, all cattle traders, were cornered and lynched by villagers. It has been reported that the police also was targeted by the villagers when they tried to intervene. "There is no communal aspect", deputy inspector-general of police Prabhat Kumar was quoted as saying by The Telegraph. But the villagers torched the police vehicle. The men - identified as Sheikh Naim (35), Sheikh Sajju (25), Sheikh Halim (28), and Sheikh Siraj (26) - did not stop the vehicle.
"The four men lynched were cattle traders, who often frequented Sobhapur where their relatives live".