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Three Lynched in West Bengal Over Alleged Cow Theft

Three people were lynched in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district after they were allegedly caught stealing cows from a house on Thursday night.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:June 24, 2017, 10:29 PM IST
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Three Lynched in West Bengal Over Alleged Cow Theft
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Kolkata: Three people were lynched in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district after they were allegedly caught stealing cows from a house on Thursday night.

The incident occurred on the same day as a teenager was stabbed to death, and his three brothers were injured by a group of people in a dispute over ‘beef and seat’ on a train near Ballabhgarh in Haryana.

Police sources said those killed have been identified as Mohammad Nasir, Nasirul Haque and Mohammad Samiruddin. “We have arrested three people in connection with the incident, and hunt for remaining accused is on,” District SP Amit Kumar Bharat Rathod said.

Mumtaj Biwi, mother of Nasirul Haque, registered an FIR at Chopra police station, alleging murder. “We are investigating the matter, and no one will be spared. Preliminary inquiry revealed that the deceased were earlier involved in cow theft cases,” a senior police officer said.

The villagers alleged that seven cow smugglers entered their village on Thursday night, and managed to lift two cows in a matador van. When they were trying to steal a bovine from another house, one of the villagers saw them, raising the alarm immediately.

Soon after, a large number of the villagers gathered in the area and managed to nab three of them. The three were allegedly beaten to death while the rest managed to flee.

It is learnt that there has been an increase in the number of cattle theft cases over the past few months in the village.

The villagers had informed the police of the rising cases. But when the cops failed to put an end to the problem, the villagers formed their own village guard committee to protect cows from being smuggled.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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