A group of saints were attacked in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh after some people suspected them to be child lifters.
The saints from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were on their way in a car to Ratlam from Indore when they stopped at Pithampur Sector 1 of Dhar district to seek directions from a boy, the police said.
However, the boy ran away suspecting them to be child kidnappers.
Soon, locals gathered at the spot, surrounded their multi-utility vehicle and started attacking them.
A video of the incident showed several men blocking the way as many recorded videos on their cell phones while others were seen slapping the saints sitting inside the vehicle. The locals could also be heard accusing the saints of being child lifters.
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The saints were handed over to the police after the assault.
The police said they have started an investigation after they received information and a video of the incident. A case has also been filed against the locals for attacking the saints, the police said.
In February 2020, one farmer had died and five others were severely injured after they were attacked by hundreds of villagers on the suspicion of being child-lifters in Dhar district.