Kolkata, Aug 28, 2017: Two persons were allegedly lynched by an angry mob near Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on the suspicion of being cow thieves on Sunday.
The victims, identified as Hafizul Sheikh from Dhubri in Assam and Anwar Hussain of Patlahawa in West Bengal’s Coochbehar district, were beaten to death by the mob, which intercepted their vehicle and pulled them out of it in the early hours, the police said. He also said the villagers noticed that a pick-up van carrying cows was aimlessly wandering around the area. When challenged by the villagers the van picked up speed and tried to escape,
“However, the villagers soon captured the van and caught hold of both of Sheikh and Hussain. The driver fled from the spot. After questioning the two for a while the locals had beaten them to death,” said the police official. Police reached the spot after sometime and rushed the two to a local hospital where doctors declared them dead. The deceased did not have valid documents to transport cattle, police official said. The investigators are not yet sure whether the deceased were stealing cows.
“The bodies have been sent for post mortem and we have started an investigation,” said a senior police officer of Jalpaiguri district. No arrests have been made so far.
According to police sources, the incident took place at around 3 am in Barohalia village, about 15 km from Dhupguri town. The area is near the India-Bangladesh border and, according to local residents, plagued by incidents of cow theft.
This the second incident related to cow-lynching occurred in West Bengal in the last two months after three Muslim youth were beaten to death in June.