Two cattle traders, Muhammad Majloom, 35, and Azad Khan a.k.a. Ibrahim, 15 were on their way to the market in Lather district, Jharkhand. They were herding eight buffaloes when some ‘gau-rakshaks’ beat them up and hanged to death. According to TOI, their bodies were hung with their hands tried behind their backs and their mouths stuffed with cloth.
“The manner of their hanging showed that the assailants were led by extreme hatred,” said Latehar SP Anoop Birthary.
The incident is darkly reminiscent of the Dadri massacre when a man was lynched to death by a mob on mere suspicion of possession of beef.
Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) Prakash Ram claimed the assailants were Hindu radicals. Four months ago they had to tried to kill another cattle trader in the Gomia village of Balumath. Fortunately the cattle trader escaped. “They are supported by the police who do not act against them,” added Ram.
The incident has led to violent protests in Jhabbar village. Villagers hurled stones at cops who had arrived to managed the situation. An FIR has been lodged against unknown persons.