Two men, suspected of being child lifters, were lynched by unidentified people in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, police said here on Saturday.

Nilotpal Das (29), a sound engineer based in Mumbai and his friend Abhijeet Nath (30), a businessman had gone to the picnic spot Kangthilangso in Karbi Anglong on Friday night to capture the sounds of nature, they said. On their way back, the duo was stopped by some villagers at Panjuri, pulled out of the car and thrashed on suspicion of being child lifters, they added.

In a video of the incident circulated on social media, the duo can be seen pleading for their lives and trying to explain to the crowd that they were Assamese but to no avail.

As the police reached the spot, the seriously injured duo was rushed to a hospital but died on the way.

The police have launched a massive search operation to nab the culprits on the basis of the video.

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