A 25-year-old man was allegedly lynched by villagers in Telangana's Dharmora of Makloor in Nizamabad district. Villagers claimed that they caught the victim, G Gangadar, attempting to steal from a Mahalakshmi temple in the village.
The Makloor police received a call around 1 am from the village, with residents claiming that they had caught a thief. However, by the time police reached the spot, Gangadar had suffered major injuries from the beating. He was taken to the Government General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Speaking to TNM, Nizamabad Rural Inspector Sreenath Reddy said, "The patrolling team rushed to the village where Gangadar had already been injured. The police rushed him to the hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment due to injuries on Tuesday morning."
Reddy further added, "He seems to have been caught while committing a theft. We do not know how many people beat him up, but it seems to have been several.”
A case of murder has been registered against the unidentified assailants. So far, no arrests have been made.
"We have launched our investigation, these people will be arrested soon,” the inspector said.
In May 2018, a tribal man was beaten to death by locals in in Chengal village in Nizamabad district's Bheemgal mandal after rumours surfaced that he was part of a robbery gang.