A 25-year-old man, who had allegedly stolen a mobile phone, was stripped and beaten to death by a mob Wednesday morning in Dindoli area of Surat.
The incident happened around 4 am, when three unidentified men allegedly broke into the house of Anilkumar Nishad and stole a mobile phone, police said. After the house owner raised alarm, two men managed to escape, but the residents of the area caught hold of the victim, who is yet to be identified.
The man was stripped, tied to an electric pole, punched, beaten with wooden sticks by a mob of 15-20 people and left to die, the police said, citing accounts of eyewitnesses.
By the time police reached the spot, the mob had dispersed and the naked body was found tied to the pole. The body was then sent to New Civil Hospital for post mortem.
According to police, the man had died of injuries, especially to his groin. Nishad, who had raised the alarm, lodged two complaints, one of theft attempt and the other of murder.
The police have booked unidentified people on basis of the complaint for murder.
“We have registered statements of residents of the area and found that there were three suspected thieves. The deceased is yet to be identified and we have made different teams for his identification. No arrest has been made so far,” said Dindoli police inspector K G Limbachiya.