A 42-year-old unidentified man was lynched in Kanpur’s Maharajpur area on Sunday by a mob which accused him of being a Pakistani terrorist, police said.
Nine persons were later arrested for their alleged role in the killing and remanded in judicial custody, police said, adding that efforts were on to identify the deceased.
The attack on the man was triggered by rumours that a Pakistani terrorist was present in the area, said Sukh Ram Rawat, Sheikhpura police outpost in-charge.
“While questioning him about his background, the locals started beating him up. More people from nearby localities joined in and assaulted the man with sticks. Some of them hit him with a sharp edged weapon,” added Rawat.
Akhilesh Kumar, Station Officer, Maharajpur, said that by the time police reached the spot, they found “a group of men trying to throw the man in a river”.
“After seeing the police, they left the victim and fled. We have concluded that the victim is a Muslim after physical verification,” he said.
Kumar added that they rushed the seriously injured man to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Those arrested are: Arun Kumar, Praveen Kushwaha, Raghvendra and Akhilesh Yadav of Shekhpur village; Bajnath Yadav, Ram Sajeevan, Abhishek Kumar and Kallu Kashyap of Jana village; and Rohit Yadav of Pyondi village.
Cases against them have been lodged under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon) and 302 (murder), police said.