100-strong mob thrashes meat trader to death in Jhark­hand

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - News - Bedanti Saran/San­joy Dey htjhark­hand@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

RANCHI: A mob of more than 100 peo­ple in Jhark­hand’s Ram­garh dis­trict lynched a 45-year-old Mus­lim meat trader on the sus­pi­cion of car­ry­ing beef in his car on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on a day Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi warned against cow vig­i­lan­tism. Po­lice said they “res­cued” Alimud­din aka As­gar Ali from the at­tack­ers and he died in hospi­tal. “Though in­jured, he was walk­ing then. I think he died of shock,” Ram­garh sub-di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer Shashi Prakash said. This is the sec­ond at­tack this June by cow vig­i­lantes in Jhark­hand as a 200-strong mob thrashed a 55-year-old Mus­lim dairy owner and set his house ablaze af­ter a cow car­cass was found near his home in Giridih dis­trict on Tues­day.

Pic­tures cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia showed peo­ple hit­ting the man, meat pieces strewn on the road, and his car in flames.

In one photo, a blood­ied and dazed Alimud­din was caught min­utes be­fore his death.

In May, peo­ple lynched four Mus­lim cat­tle traders at a vil­lage in Saraikelka Khar­swan dis­trict af­ter calling them child traf­fick­ers. Such attacks waged by so-called cow vig­i­lantes in In­dia have tar­geted mostly Mus­lims. Cows are con­sid­ered sa­cred by many Hin­dus, and slaugh­ter­ing cat­tle or eat­ing beef is il­le­gal or re­stricted across much of the coun­try.

Ali of Monua vil­lage in Ram­garh dis­trict, nearly 50km from Ranchi, was al­legedly car­ry­ing four sacks of meat weigh­ing around 200kg. The mob in­ter­cepted him at Bazartand, pulled him out of the van, and thrashed him. Po­lice ar­rived in 30 min­utes and took him to Sadar hospi­tal, Ram­garh, where he was re­ferred to the Ra­jen­dra In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences in Ranchi. Ali died min­utes later.

PIC­TURES CIR­CU­LAT­ING ON SO­CIAL ME­DIA SHOW PEO­PLE HIT­TING THE MAN, MEAT PIECES STREWN ON THE ROAD, AND HIS CAR IN FLAMES

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