August 4, 2011 3:39:02 am
Ten youths,suspected to be involved in some cheating cases,were killed by large groups of villagers in two adjacent villages of Chikaballapur district,about 60 kilometres from Bangalore,on Tuesday night.
The youths hailed from Andhra Pradesh. As many as 70 people have been arrested in this connection.
According to police sources,the youths were travelling in a Tata Sumo when they were intercepted by some villagers near the Andhra Pradesh border. The vehicle was set on fire,and the youths were beaten with sticks and boulders,said police officials who visited the site.
The killings happened at two different places, said Manili Krishnamurthy,the Inspector General of Police for the region.
Saying that the victims are believed to be members of the same group,Krishnamurthy said they are suspected to have cheated some villagers and were spotted at a place called Mudalapalli Cross in a vehicle. Some tried to escape,but other villagers intercepted them at another village called Yeragottahalli.
There is little clarity on the exact provocation for the mob violence. While there were reports in sections of the local media that the lynchings were connected to an attack by the youths on a woman in one of the villages ,the police have denied any connection.
There was no attack on any woman,the mob violence was due to some other reason which we are still investigating, said Krishnamurthy.
She said that all the victims were young men,and nine of them have been identified.
Seven of the identified persons are from Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh,while two are from a place called Cherala,the IGP said.
The killings were unbelievably brutal. Heads were smashed with boulders, said Krishnamurthy.
While the region is known for caste and feudal rivalries,she ruled this out as the cause of the attack.
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