Bhadrak, Feb 6: A man was allegedly thrashed black and blue by the locals of Chapulia over suspicion of being a child lifter today.
According to sources, the man was wandering suspiciously in the village when the local residents stopped him suspecting him to be a child lifter. While checking his bag, they found iron rods and sharp edged weapons from it.
Subsequently, believing him to be a child lifter, the locals tied him to an electric pole and thrashed him severely.
On being informed, the police reached the spot and rescued the man.