Speculations of being a child lifter could have cost him his life but the police intervention saved him.
The 24-year-old man is a resident of Narkeldanga and was surrounded by a massive mob who were ready to beat him up by tying him first to a lamppost.
Rumours of yet another kidnapping led a 300-strong mob to assault him with rods and bamboo sticks, police said.
The incident was reported from Phoolbagan’s Dompara area that’s located behind a shopping mall.
At least four cops also sustained injuries as they had gone to save the victim, police confirmed.
The incident, the seventh in the city in the past one week, left the victim — identified as Md Asif — with deep injuries on his head.
A case in this regard has been initiated by the Phoolbagan police with at least 17 locals being arrested so far.