The duo were caught by the villagers in the morning and was beaten to death after a cattle was recovered from one of the victims. (Representational)
The menace of cow vigilantism reared its head in Jharkhand again as two people were lynched in Santhal village on Wednesday for allegedly stealing cattle from the house of a villager. The duo were caught by the villagers in the morning and was beaten to death after a cattle was recovered from one of the victims. The victims have been identified as Murtaza Ansari and Charku Ansari and belonged to a nearby village, about 30-40 km from the crime spot.
Till now, police have arrested four people who were involved in the lynching and have beefed up security in Santhal village. Godda SP said a group of five people had stolen 12 buffaloes from a village but were caught when they reached the next village. However, three of them managed to escape while Murtaza and Charku were beaten to death. The SP said the victims had previous criminal cases of cattle theft registered against them and were habitual offenders.
He further said two FIRs have been lodged – one of murder by the mob and another for stealing buffaloes. The incident comes three months after the Alimuddin Ansari case was disposed of by a fast track court in Ranchi, becoming the first case in recent years when a lynching by gau rakshaks ended in conviction. Nearly nine months after Alimuddin Ansari, a meat trader, was lynched by cow vigilantes in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district, a fast-track court convicted 11 of the 12 accused, including a district BJP leader and at least three members of the local “gau raksha samiti” in March.