A day after the video of a mob lynching an unidentified person to death in Cuddalore went viral, the Superintendent of Police (SP) office has arrested six persons in connection with the case. "The arrested have been identified as Ramesh (30), Shanmugam(27), Balaraman (43), Suresh (28), Selvakumar (40), and Vaagisan (43). The six have been charged under section 304 (2) - culpable homicide not amounting to murder," Cuddalore Special Brach Inspector told TNM.
The incident took place at 4pm on Monday in Cuddalore town's Kasikadai Bazaar area - a busy road which extended to a quiet residential place on one end. "Locals spotted the victim - a 45-year-old-man - attempting to open the lock of a car parked near the residential area. When they questioned him, they realised he could not speak any language they understood. In no time, more men joined the mob and started beating him up with wooden logs," the Inspector said.
In the video, the man can be seen repeating the phrase 'I will die' in Telugu, but the mob continued to beat him up. The video shows the mob of angry men repeatedly beating the 45-year-old man. The mob holds him by his collar and yanks him from side to side even as he yells â€śChachi pothanuâ€ť in Telugu, meaning, â€śI will dieâ€ť. Even as he is being beaten up, a man in a saffron veshti and towel, holds him down to prevent him from escaping.
"The video was shot and circulated on WhatsApp by one of the men in the mob. He has now been arrested along with the 5 others who were seen attacking the man in the video. The others were just spectators," the inspector added.
The victim, who is yet to be identified, was found dead with no visible bleeding or injuries.