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Two lynched in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on suspicion of cow theft

The victims, who were travelling in a van carrying seven cows, have been identified as Hafizul Sheikh from Dhubri in Assam and Anwar Hussain of Patlahawa in West Bengal’s Coochbehar district, said police

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 28, 2017 4:46 am
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TWO MEN were lynched early on Sunday by villagers near Dhupguri in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, on suspicion that they were cow thieves, said police. The victims, who were travelling in a van carrying seven cows, have been identified as Hafizul Sheikh from Dhubri in Assam and Anwar Hussain of Patlahawa in West Bengal’s Coochbehar district, said police.

“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. The incident comes two months after three men were beaten to death in Chopra, North Dinajpur, on similar allegations. According to police sources in Jalpaiguri, 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.

Police sources said the victims and a driver, identified as Nazrul Islam alias Rahul, were travelling in a pick-up van with the cattle when they were stopped. They managed to escape once, with the driver speeding away. But then, said sources, the driver lost his way and the vehicle was intercepted again inside the village.

Villagers questioned the two victims for some time before lynching them, said police sources, adding that the driver managed to flee. The villagers also damaged the vehicle and tried to set it on fire. Later, police rescued the injured and rushed them to a Dhupguri hospital where they were declared brought dead.

Police said they were investigating whether the victims were cow thieves or traders who bought the cattle from a market in the area.

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    John
    Aug 28, 2017 at 9:32 am
    When terrorists strike and in almost all terrorists are Muslims then the media does not say they are Muslims. They say terrorism has no religion. Yet when thieves are kiIIed for stealing by local mob then they put religious colors and say muzzie thieves are lynched. Wow. So all thieves are muzzies? Is Islam associated with theft and terrorism? Why be selective?
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      Maniktripathy
      Aug 28, 2017 at 9:18 am
      Banana republic and no law order in any states and yet New india is emerging...
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        John
        Aug 28, 2017 at 9:30 am
        Two thiefs were kiIIed by local mob. Why do you call them lynched and say they are Muslims. Do thieves have a religion of Islam?
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          Maniktripathy
          Aug 28, 2017 at 9:36 am
          Two human beings are killed period...Its law which has to give them quantum of punishment and not the mob in the name of religion...No wonder we are indeed a banana republic with Mob mentality..
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        Niladrinath Mohanty
        Aug 28, 2017 at 7:23 am
        Mumtaz Begum can easily pass on the buck.
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          ak dev
          Aug 28, 2017 at 5:58 am
          Lynching is the implementation of Sharia by Hindus.
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            ak dev
            Aug 28, 2017 at 6:02 am
            Because Mamata Begam don't recognize any law other than Sharia. So hindus of WB have to fall in line.
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          2. Rohit Pawar
            Aug 28, 2017 at 12:49 am
            Ponga pundits should also be get lunched all over globe.
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              ak dev
              Aug 28, 2017 at 6:00 am
              So you are subcontracting lynching. Good start. India has a long way to go.
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                John
                Aug 28, 2017 at 9:33 am
                All over the world terrorism is controlled by Sunni Muslims and rape of children by Christian church.
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