At least five people were beaten to death on suspicion of being child lifters in Dhule district of Maharashtra on Sunday. The incident occurred at Rainpada village, 25 km from Pimpalner in Dhule district, at around 11.30 am.
As many as 15 people have been detained in connection with the case. One of the victims was identified to be hailing from Solapur.
According to the police, the five, along with a few others, were seen getting down from a state transport bus in the tribal-dominated Rainpada hamlet, police said.
When one of them apparently tried to speak to a girl child, the villagers, who had gathered for the weekly Sunday market, pounced on them.
An official at the Pimpalner police station said that the five people died after being assaulted. Their identities have not been established yet.
Two policemen were also injured in the incident.