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Villagers Chop Off Hand and Leg of Drug Peddler in Punjab

A 30-year-old man, suspected of supplying drugs to youths, was lynched by a mob in a village in talwandi sabo subdivision of this district.

Updated:June 9, 2017, 6:33 PM IST
Villagers Chop Off Hand and Leg of Drug Peddler in Punjab
Police said the drug peddler was killed on Thursday after being attacked with sharp weapons by the mob at Bhagi Wander village.(Picture for representation).

Bathinda: Residents of a village in Punjab's Bathinda district chopped off the hand and legs of a 30-year-old man after accusing him of supplying drugs to youth in their village.

The macabre incident occurred at Bhagi Wander village in Talwandi Sabo sub-divison of Bathinda district on Tuesday, when Vinod Kumar, was mercilessly beaten up and his hand and foot severed with sharp-edged weapons.

"He was facing some cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and had come out of jail only 3-4 days back," Talwandi Sabo's Station House Officer, Inspector Jagdish Kumar said. Police said that no drugs were found in his possession.

TV channels showed blurred videos of Kumar, soaked in blood, lying on the ground. Nobody was seen coming to his rescue.

He was shifted to the Civil Hospital at Talwandi Sabo from where he was referred to a hospital in Faridkot. He died from injuries he suffered a few hours later.

Police are also going through some mobile phone videos of Kumar being attacked.

Some villagers told reporters there was anger as police did not take action against Kumar despite their complaint that he was supplying drugs to the youths.

The villagers claimed when they were going to meet the Deputy SP over why no action was being taken. But on their way to the office of the DSP, Kumar confronted and this led to heated arguments, and eventually the gruesome attack.

Vinod's family has alleged that he was kidnapped by another youth of the village when he was going to lodge a complaint about his stolen scooter and was then attacked by several people.

They rejected the allegation that he was engaged in dealing drugs.

Drug addiction has assumed alarming proportions in the prosperous state, and was a hotly debated subject during the assembly elections held earlier this year.

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