HARROWING footage shows a man being beaten to death yesterday by an angry lynch mob who were fuelled by rumours of a child snatching gang prowling the area.
Filmed in Bengaluru, in southern India, the disturbing clip shows the blood-splattered victim, 26, being tied up and beaten with iron rods and cricket bats.
The lynch mob, which included two children and women, is shown kicking and punching the man who reportedly died in hospital from his injuries.
According to local media, the victim had his hands and feet tied with a rope by two lads who dragged him through the streets.
The man was spotted talking to kids in the Bakshi Garden neighbourhood and allegedly offering them sweets, reports The News Minute.
A viral WhatApp message, which claimed there was a child lifting gang in the area, is believed to have contributed to the violent scenes.
Witness Rajesh said: “The man was giving the children some chocolates and sweets and trying to take them away with him.”
He said that child kidnapping is becoming more common in the area.
However, police have insisted that there is no evidence that the victim intended to snatch children.
One witness to the mob beating called local police who reportedly arrived at around 3pm local time and stopped the violence.
According to local media, the victim named Kalu Ramu was unconscious and bleeding heavily when cops found him.
A senior police officer said Ramu was a labourer who had travelled from Rajasthan in northern India.
He continued: “We are questioning the eyewitnesses and are trying to find out who was responsible for the violence. “
The officer added that cops had “not yet established” whether the victim was in the area with the intent to kidnap children.
Police have made nine arrests relating to the murder after obtaining CCTV footage and video captured by onlookers.