An angry mob on Friday in Vanamala Dinne village, Punganur Mandal, lynched a man believed to have seriously injured a 70-year-old woman after attempting to molest her.
According to information, the elderly woman, living alone, was on her way home from a nearby ATM in the village when the man identified as Gurumurthy, 41, allegedly dragged her off the street to a secluded location, where he then tried to outrag her modesty. When the woman resisted, he reportedly inflicted serious injuries on her before escaping.
When the villagers saw the injured woman crawling into the street, they rushed to her rescue and took her to the hospital in Madanapalle.
Meanwhile, Gurumurthy reportedly tried to flee the village fearing a backlash from the villagers when a mob approached him and beat him to death.
The Punganur police rushed to the scene and took Gurumurthy’s body to the hospital for an autopsy. Police said Gurumurthy is known to be anti-social and used to live alone in Vanamala Dinne, which has often caused public nuisance in the surrounding villages.
“We found bleeding injuries on the woman. One case has been registered and an investigation is ongoing, ”said Circle Inspector (Punganur) M. Gangi Reddy.