Barely a week after two men in Assam were lynched on the suspicion of being child lifters, another incident of mob violence has been reported from Jharkhand. However, this time it’s a case of cattle vigilantism as two men suspected to be cattle thieves were beaten to death by a mob in Dullu village in Godda district of the state.
The incident happened on Tuesday night when the victims, Sirabuddin Ansari (35) and Murtaza Ansari (30) were caught by a group of people, who accused them of stealing 13 buffaloes. They were later beaten to death, reports Hindustan Times.
Police have registered a case and four villagers have been arrested in connection with the case. As per a NDTV report, one of the victims had a criminal background while the other was his accomplice.
Godda’s superintendent of police Rajiv Singh claimed there were five people, who came to the village to steal about a dozen buffaloes. The alleged thieves had almost covered two to three kms after purportedly stealing the animals, but villagers caught them at Bankatti village. While three of their accomplices managed to flee, two people were caught by the villagers, who thrashed them till they bled to death.
Last Sunday, a Muslim cleric in his mid-20s was attacked by assailants who forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram”. Five people have been arrested after they beating up the Muslim priest, who was returning home late at night. Cops claim the accused has admitted to the assault of the cleric, Azhar-ul-Islam, who has been working as a maulana at Agdu basti mosque in Ratu, in Jharkhand district, for the past one year.