A chilling video of a man covered in blood, his hands tied up with a rope and being dragged on the road by two minor boys has emerged.
The man is barely conscious but the two boys keep dragging him. An angry mob follows the boys who drag the man. A few seconds later, the boys stop dragging him. Several women immediately gather around the grievously injured man and begin hitting him with sticks and iron rods.
The boys once again begin dragging the man away towards a flyover. The injured man is left in the middle and the mob circles him.
At this point, a man enters and begins brutally beating the injured man with a cricket bat. The blood-spattered man is barely conscious to even scream.
This incident did not happen in a remote part of Karnataka, where several incidents of mob justice have been reported in the past, but it took place in the heart of Bengaluru.
At around 3.00 pm on Wednesday, residents of Chamarajapetâ€™s Bakshi Garden allegedly spotted a stranger talking to a few children.
â€śThe man was giving the children some chocolates and sweets and trying to take them away with him. The people who kidnap children are increasing near Vinayak Talkies, where we spotted him. The public surrounded him and hit him with many things including cricket bats,â€ť said Rajesh, an eyewitness.
According to the Chamarajpet Police, one of the people who witnessed the brutality called the police control room and the nearest Hoysala rushed to the spot.
â€śThe call came in at around 3.00 pm today (Wednesday). Immediately, the police rushed to the spot and dispersed the crowd. By the time they reached, the injured man â€“ Kalu Ramu, a native of Rajasthan, was unconscious and bleeding profusely. The people alleged that he was trying to abduct their children and hence had beaten him up,â€ť Chamarajpet police told TNM.
An ambulance was called and Ramu was immediately rushed to Victoria Hospital. Minutes after that, Ramu succumbed to his injuries.
Chamarajpet Police have registered an FIR under sections 302 (murder), 325 (grievously causing hurt with deadly weapon) 141 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting) and 34 (common intention).
â€śWe only know that Kalu Ramu was a daily wage worker who had come to Bengaluru from Rajasthan. We are questioning the eyewitnesses and are trying to find out who was responsible for the violence. Besides, we have not yet established whether Ramu was there near Vinayaka Talkies to abduct children. At this point, they are mere allegations by the people. A case of murder has been registered now,â€ť a senior police officer said.