Estonian hikers pelted with stones in India ({{commentsTotal}})

An Estonian couple hiking in the Indian Udaipur district, suffered serious injuries when a group of local tribesmen reportedly mistook them for robbers and pelted them with stones.

Seasoned hikers Eha, 46, and her husband Vahur, 45, were on their way from Dungarpur to Udaipur along the Rajasthan-Gujarat border and reached Kanbai village in Kherwada tehsil when they came under attack, Times of India reported. According to the paper, the couple had entered a hut to fetch water but its elderly owner mistook them for robbers and called out for help. A group of men who reached the spot started pelting stones to drive the couple away.

The pair were found lying by the roadside at Laxmanpura Naal and taken to a hospital at Kherwada first, before being moved to a private hospital in Udaipur late Tuesday night.

According to the local authorities, the assualt was a result of mistaken identity and not intentional. However, three men have so far been arrested in the case and the police is searching for two more.

The couple had been in India for nearly three weeks before the incident on Tuesday evening.

The Estonian foreign ministry told ERR that they have identified the couple and the embassy is in contact with their relatives and the hospital in Udaipur.

Editor: M. Oll