Six persons were lynched by villagers in Seraikela-Kharswan district on the suspicion that they were child lifters, the police said. The incidents took place under Rajnagar police station area following which agitated locals also torched two police vehicles.
Three persons were lynched by the villagers who suspected them of being child lifters in Nagadih, within the limits of Bagbera police station, on Thursday night, Superintendent of Police (City) Prasant Anand said.
Two of the victims were identified as Uttam Kumar Verma, a resident of Jugsalai, and Ganesh Kumar Gupta of Bagbera, the SP (City) said, adding that the identity of another victim could not be established.
The official said when a police team reached the spot, agitated villagers started pelting stones at them, injuring some police personnel. Two vehicles were also damaged.
Earlier in the day, two persons were beaten to death in Sosomoli village, while another was lynched in Shobhapur village by the locals, DIG (Kolhan region) Prabhat Kumar said.