Police dismiss kidnapping rumor

A mob in Gia Lam District, Hanoi, captured a man, who they alleged was trying to steal a boy’s bicycle and kidnap him, and marched the man to the commune’s People’s Committee on May 23.

Thousands of locals demanded the police let them punish the man, as rumors that children in the district had been kidnapped for internal organs have been circulating for some months. It has led to a tense environment in the area, with many parents concerned about kidnappers, despite continued denials by local authorities. 

The police have identified the man and confirmed that he is not a kidnapper. It took them nearly a day to disperse the crowd.

The man was later transferred to the district’s police station for attempting to steal the bicycle.

By Tr.Kien – Translated by Thuy An

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