20-yr-old lynched for ‘buf­falo steal­ing’

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Correspondent@dnain­dia.net

Luc­know: Yet an­other Mus­lim man was lynched on sus­pi­cion of steal­ing buf­falo, this time in Ut­tar Pradesh’s Bareilly dis­trict, on Wed­nes­day.

The vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as 20-year-old Shahrukh Khan, worked as a tai­lor in Dubai and had only come home to be with his fam­ily for Bakr-Eid.

Shahrukh and his three friends, res­i­dents of Bareilly’s Bho­la­pur Gin­doliya vil­lage, were chat­ting at a buf­falo yard on Wed­nes­day morn­ing when they were sur­rounded by a mob of about 50 peo­ple.

But while the friends es­caped sens­ing trou­ble, Shahrukh was caught. They ac­cused him and his friends of steal­ing a buf­falo from a lo­cal res­i­dent. When he de­nied the charge, he was as­saulted by the mob. Po­lice rushed to the vil­lage and res­cued Shahrukh, who had lost con­scious­ness by then. He was ad­mit­ted to a Bareilly hospi­tal, where he suc­cumbed to in­ter­nal hem­or­rhage.

Ear­lier on Wed­nes­day, the po­lice had reg­is­tered FIRs against Shahrukh and his three friends, based on com­plaints from the vil­lagers who ac­cused them of buf­falo lift­ing. But fol­low­ing Shahrukh’s death, an­other FIR was reg­is­tered against about 30 uniden­ti­fied vil­lagers for mob lynch­ing.

Ab­hi­nan­dan Singh, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Bareilly, said four per­sons have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mob lynch­ing in­ci­dent. An eye-wit­ness claimed that be­fore he was as­saulted, Shahrukh pleaded with the mob that he was just chat­ting with his friends and had no in­ten­tions of steal­ing any buf­falo.

DNA Correspondent

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