Two Muslim men, suspected of cattle theft, lynched in Jharkhand
Two Muslim men were allegedly lynched by a group of enraged villagers on suspicion of cattle theft in Jharkhand’s Godda district, the police said on Thursday.
DIG (Santal Paragana) Akhilesh Kumar Jha said five people had allegedly stolen buffaloes from the house of Munshi Murmu and others in tribal-dominated Dullu village last night.
The enraged villagers thrashed Sirabuddin Ansari (35) and Murtaza Ansari (30) to death. The three others managed to flee, Jha said.
Four persons, including Murmu, have been arrested in this connection so far.
The victims were residents of Taljhari in the district, about 200 km from Ranchi, Superintendent of Police Rajeev Ranjan Singh said.
An adequate police force, along with a magistrate, had been deployed in the village to maintain law and order, Jha said.
The situation in the village was under control, the officer said.
On finding their cattle missing, the villagers launched a search. The residents of Bankati, who were also alerted, caught the two accused.
After lynching the duo, the accused villagers brought the bodies back to Dullu village on bi-cycles, the SP said.
Singh, who is camping in the village, said the stolen cattle had been recovered.
A theft case was registered based on a complaint by the villagers. Four persons, including Murmu, were booked under relevant IPC sections pertaining to murder and riot, he said.
The incident was a simple case of theft, Singh said.
In March last year, a Jharkhand court had convicted a local BJP worker and 10 others for lynching a Muslim trader in June 2017. The convicts had beaten a 55-year-old man to death in Ramgarh district on suspicion of carrying beef in his van.