NEW DELHI – A mob in Jharkhand’s Gumla district killed a 55-year-old man on Thursday allegedly because he was cutting a dead bull. Three others were injured in the incident and are undergoing treatment at a hospital.
Gumla Superintendent of Police Anjani Kumar Jha identified the deceased as Prakash Lakra who took his last breath while he was under treatment . Deceased Lakra and other victims are resident of Jurmu village and the attackers are from neighboring village Jairagi. When people from Lakra’s village got to know about incident, they held protest in anger. Lakra belonged to an adivasi community in the state.
Jha said a special investigation team has been set up to look into the matter. He said that that samples from the animal’s carcass were sent for a forensic examination.
Deputy Inspector General of Police AV Homkar said several people have been detained because of their suspected role in beating up four people who were spotted cutting a dead bull in Jurmi village.
In March 2016, cow vigilantes had abducted cattle trader Majloom Ansari and schoolboy Imtiaz Khan in Latehar district while they were on their way to a cattle fair in a neighbouring district. They then lynched the two and hanged them from a tree. In December 2018, a court in Jharkhand sentenced eight convicts to life for their involvement in the lynching.