Man lynched over suspected cattle theft in Bihar

The victim, Muhammad Alamgir, was beaten for several hours after he was seen untying a buffalo from a cattle shed in the wee hours of the morning

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A 32-year-old man was lynched to death, on Wednesday (December 16), over suspicion of cattle theft at Phulwarisharif, near Patna, in Bihar. Phulwarisharif police said all the accused have been arrested.

The victim, Muhammad Alamgir, was beaten for several hours after he was seen untying a buffalo from a cattle shed in the wee hours of the morning. He was admitted to hospital, in the afternoon, where he passed away.

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There was reportedly another person, with Alamgir, who managed to escape. Six people were named in the complaint, all of whom have been arrested. The accused were arrested based on a statement by the victim’s mother.

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The victim was from a slum near Patliputra railway station in Patna.

Another case of lynching over suspected cattle theft had occurred in Phulwarisharif in 2015, which is being heard in a local court. Bihar has been witnessing an increase of killings by cow vigilante groups over cattle theft since 2017.

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