Indonesian mob set man on fire for stealing mosque amplifier


Police said an angry crowd on Thursday in Indonesia set a man on fire after they accused him of stealing an audio amplifier from a mosque.

The head of the local police’s criminal investigations, Rizal Marito, said that locals chased the 30-year-old man after he was seen emerging from a mosque in Bekasi district, near the Indonesian capital, with the amplifier.

“The mosque’s caretaker shouted ‘Thief!’ and people chased him,” he said.

The man was caught about two kilometres from the mosque and beaten, with some in the crowd pouring petrol on the man and setting him alight.

He died on the spot from injuries and severe burns.

Marito denied local media reports that the man was a technician who was taking out the amplifier for repair.

According to the police, the victim’s family will not press charges.

Vigilante justice is common in Indonesia, where public distrust of the police and the justice system is high.



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  • @Ibromish

    Regardless of the faith of the man in question, what the mob needed to do was to ponder “what would the prophet (peace be upon him) have done in this regard…attitude is everything!
    Many gruesome things happened to the prophet during his prophet-hood but his attitude prevailed and lured many unbelievers into the fold of Al-Islam without chaos or bloodshed.
    These days we (people) are too quick to judge ourselves, while God remains patient with us (leaving room for repentance). indeed we’re our greatest enemy.

  • Foong Mun Loh

    the thief was lucky Islam is such a religion of peace………………only he got burnt alive…………….otherwise, his whole family would have been burnt too…………