In a shocking incident of mob lynching, three men were beaten to death by locals in Bihar's Saran district on suspicion of cattle theft. The incident took place in Baniyapur area of the Saran district on Friday. The Bihar Police rushed to the spot and the bodies of the victims have been sent to post-mortem. The locals have claimed that three people came to steal cows in the area. Meanwhile, a police investigation into the matter is underway. The family members of the victims have reportedly filed an FIR against the villagers.
Speaking in the matter, Saran SP Harkishore Rai said that three people were thrashed by the locals on the suspicion of cattle theft. Three people have been booked in the matter.
"Locals beat them up on the suspicion of cattle theft and assaulted them to death. Three people have been booked in the case. Postmortem is going on," he said.
Incidents of lynching on alleged cattle have notably increased over some time. Earlier in July, a suspected cattle thief was thrashed and beaten to death by locals in a village in Tripura.
In Jharkhand on June 18, 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari was lynched by a mob for allegedly stealing a motorcycle. Tabrez's family, however, had alleged that the attack was communal and that he was made to chant slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' by the locals. Two officers Chandramohan Oraon and Bipin Bihari were suspended for not reporting the seriousness of the issue to the higher authorities and registering a case of lynching on the very same day.
Later on June 24, the prime suspect in the matter, Pappu Mandal along with four others were arrested by Jharkhand police.
Furthermore, taking cognisance of incidents of mob lynching, including those by cow vigilantes, the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission on July 10 submitted to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath the draft Bill recommending up to life imprisonment for the crime.