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Two Brothers Lynched at Religious Event in Bengal’s Malda; One of Them Left Jail This Week

The angry audience caught him and his brother and beat them up severely. Both died on the spot, the police said.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:December 10, 2017, 4:35 PM IST
Two Brothers Lynched at Religious Event in Bengal’s Malda; One of Them Left Jail This Week
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Malda: Two brothers were lynched after they fired in the air at a religious programme at Sujapur in West Bengal's Malda district, police said on Saturday.

The incident took place late on Friday at the (jalsa) religious programme, hours after Sadikul Sheikh was released from jail. Sadikul attended the programme along with his brother Sariful. Sadikul fired from a gun which he was carrying.

Police said the angry villagers chased the brothers with sticks and rods. The mob caught hold of them and beat them up severely. Both died on the spot.Their house was also set on fire, the police added.

“The situation is under control in that area. At present there is no law and order violation. The officers at ground are investigating the incident,” said Anuj Sharma, IG, Law and Order.

Sources said the brothers got a tip off that those who helped police in arresting them were in the jalsa. The brothers were allegedly involved in many illegal activities, including illicit liquor.

A day after the lynching of Sadikul and Sariful, villagers on Saturday morning also thrashed Sadikul’s brother in law Munna, who is also believed to be involved in illegal hooch business. He was rushed to Malda State General Hospital and his condition is stated to be critical.

Villagers also burnt several illegal hooch units.

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| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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