Ranchi: In yet another incident of cow vigilantism, two Muslim men were lynched by a mob on suspicion of being involved in cattle theft in a Jharkhand's Godda district early on June 13 morning.
The victims have been identified as Jirafuddin Ansari (35) and his younger brother Murtaza Miyan (30) from Taljhari village in Godda, about 300 km from Ranchi.
According to police, Murtaza and his brother Chiraguddin were allegedly "caught red-handed" while stealing buffaloes at Bannkatti village of Godda, around 500 km from Ranchi, and villagers, who gathered at the spot, thrashed them brutally.
Both died on the spot. However, their father has claimed that they were cattle traders.
“Locals rescued 13 buffaloes, captured two men and beat them up leading to their death. Four persons have been arrested so far. Bodies sent for post-mortem,” Superintendent of Police, Rajiv Ranjan Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.
According to him, two FIRs have been lodged: One of murder and the other for stealing buffaloes.
“After stealing the buffaloes, they had managed to reach Bankatti village, about 2-3 km away, when the villagers spotted them. A hue and cry were raised. The villagers from where the buffaloes were stolen and those of Bankatti gathered,” Indian Express quoted Singh as saying.
The latest killing of the Muslims come just days before Eid al Fitr - the annual festival celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan.
In 2017 just two days before Eid al Fitr, a Muslim youth was lynched by a mob in a train. The young man, a Hafiz who had memorised Quran was identified as Hafiz Junaid. He was returning home after Eid shopping when the mob lynhed him in the running trian just few hundred kilometers away from national capital New Delhi.
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