Muslim Men beaten to death for allegedly stealing cows

Indian police officials say two Muslim men have been beaten to death by a mob in the northeastern state of Assam over allegations of cow theft, the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country.

An FIR has been lodged and investigation is on, the SP said, adding no arrest has been so far.

"They were chased and beaten with sticks by villagers who said the two boys were trying to steal cows from their grazing field", Debaraj Upadhyay, Nagaon's top cop, told AFP by telephone.

Police said the incident took place at Kachamari Pathar, almost 130 km from the state capital, when a group of people intercepted two youths on suspicion of stealing cows and attacked them.

"By the time we took them to the hospital at night they had succumbed to their injuries". The incident happens even as demands for beef ban is growing louder in parts of Assam. He added that the two deceased men had been identified and that their parents filed a complaint with the police.

Although some incidents of cattle thieves being thrashed by mobs have been reported in Assam earlier, this is the first casualty in the state since cases of cow vigilantism have been reported.

Asked if it was a case of "cow vigilantism", he said a lot of cattle thefts had been reported in the area. According to news agency, the SP has assured of "impartial enquiry" into the incident.

"An angry mob lynched two suspected cow thieves in Assam's Nagaon".

A man had been lynched by a crowd after they caught him driving a vehicle carrying more than a dozen cows allegedly stolen from the Rangamati tea estate.

  • Leroy Wright