20-yr-old lynched for ‘buffalo stealing’
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.
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