RANCHI: Thursday, June 14, 2018- Early Wednesday morning, another incident of cow vigilantism, a mob lynched two Muslim men on suspicion of being involved in cattle theft at a village in Jharkhand’s Godda district.
A video uploaded of one of the victims, with injury marks on his head, slung over a bamboo pole and being dragged on the ground went viral on social media.
The victims have also been identified by cops as Jirafuddin Ansari, aged35 and Murtaza Miyan aged30 from Taljhari village in Godda, about 300km from Ranchi city.
Godda SP, Rajiv Ranjan Singh said, “The victims had previous criminal cases of cattle theft registered against them.” Bodies of the victims were handed over to their families following postmortem, he added. “Four persons were arrested in connection with the lynching and an FIR was registered against unidentified persons for stealing buffaloes.
“Nobody has the right to kill anybody”
Five people went to Dhulu village to steal buffaloes, and they entered nearby from Bankatti village, they were caught by villagers, armed with bows and arrows, Singh reported. While three of them managed to run, the two were being surrounded and lynched by the villagers.
Godda MLA, Pradeep Yadav of JMM said, “There is resentment among villagers about cattle thefts in the area. I am collecting reports about the incident.”
In month of March, a fast-track court in Ramgarh sentenced 11 cow vigilantes, including a BJP leader, for the lynching of a Muslim man, identified as Alimuddin Ansari, on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his car in 2017.