A mob lynched two Muslim men in Godda district of Jharkhand on 13 June 2018 over suspicion of cattle theft. (Photo – Prabhat Khabar)

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RANCHI: Two Muslim men in early thirties were lynched by a mob on suspicion of stealing cattle in Godda district of Jharkhand Wednesday morning. Four have been arrested for the killing.

The incident occurred in the Dhulu village under the Dev Tand Police station of the district. According to the police, the villagers caught hold of the two victims – Sirabuddin Ansari (35) and Murtaza Ansari (30) – and accused them of stealing 13 buffaloes from one Munshi Murmu on Tuesday night. The mob beat them so mercilessly that they died on the spot. The victims are said to be from the Banjhi Taaljhari village under the Podaiyahat police station of the district.

“Villagers claim that that they found the missing buffaloes in the possession of the two people in Bankatti area. They were beaten to death,” Godda district superintendent of police Rajiv Kumar Singh was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Those arrested include the alleged owner of the cattle Munshi Murmu and Kaleshwar Soren, Kishan Tudu and Harjohan Kisku.

The BJP-ruled Jharkhand has earned notoriety in the last couple of years for lynching over suspicion of beef, cattle theft or child lifting. More than a dozen people, mostly from the minority community, have been lynched in the state.

In March this year, a fast-track court in Ramgarh district awarded life sentence to 11 people including a local BJP leader for lynching meat trader Alimuddin Ansari in June 2017.

In April, a court in Bokaro district awarded life sentence to 10 persons for lynching one Shamsuddin Ansari in April last year over suspicion of child lifting.

In Latehar district, two Muslims, including a minor, were lynched and their bodies were hanged to a tree in March 2016. They were carrying their cattle to a village market place. The case is in pending in the court.

This Sunday night, two cleric brothers were brutally assaulted by a group of people when they were returning home after offering Travih prayers in Ranchi. They were allegedly stopped by the group when they were going home on bike around 10 PM. They allegedly asked the two to chant Jai Shri Ram and when they refused to chant, they were mercilessly assaulted. One of the clerics, Maulana Azharul Islam received serious head injuries

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