Tension gripped Danilimda area of Ahmedabad on Thursday after a mob severely beat up a woman on the suspicion that she was attempting to kidnap a child and later clashed with policemen,injuring two of them.
The incident took place in the afternoon when locals near Chandola Lake area reportedly saw a woman pulling a child on the other side of the road. Soon,a crowd of 200-300 people gathered and attacked the woman,later identified as Saraswati Kasai,a beggar.
According to Danilimda police,the mob thrashed the woman and tied her hands with a rope.
Inspector G P Chauhan said there was no child when the police reached the spot. When the police tried to calm tempers,the irate mob began pelting stones on them and even vandalised police vans,he said.
The police had to lob 30-odd tear gas shells to control the mob.
The injured woman was rushed to LG Hospital for treatment. The clashes also left a constable and a sub-inspector injured.
The police have registered a case of rioting and assault on public servant.
Last month,a beggar sitting near Chandola Lake was similarly thrashed over suspicion that he was trying to abduct a child.