Jharkhand: Two cattle traders hanged from tree, gau raksha activist among 5 held

The bodies of Mohammad Majloom (35) and Inayatullah Khan (12) were found hanging from a tree early Friday morning in Jhabar village under Balumath police station area of Latehar district.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Latehar (jharkhand) | Updated: March 21, 2016 11:59 am
Majloom’s father; the tree from which they were hanged Majloom’s father; the tree from which they were hanged

A day after two Muslim cattle traders, one a minor, were found hanging from a tree in a Jharkhand village, police arrested five men including one with links to a local gau raksha samiti (an outfit for protection of cows). Police said they were looking for three others, one of whom was involved in a dispute with the elder of the victims.

The bodies of Mohammad Majloom (35) and Inayatullah Khan (12) were found hanging from a tree early Friday morning in Jhabar village under Balumath police station area of Latehar district.

According to police, the arrested men claimed they killed Majloom and Inayatullah after they resisted their attempts to steal cattle being taken to a fair for sale. Police said they were looking at “all possible angles” since one of the arrested men was linked to a gau raksha outfit. The men also told police that the boy was killed because they feared he would identify them.

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Latehar Superintendent of Police Anoop Birtharay said: “Five persons have been arrested. One of them is linked to a local gau raksha outfit. But neither the complainant nor the family members of the dead have blamed any particular organisation. We are probing the case from all possible angles. Prima facie it appears to have been a case of a gang attempting to loot cattle.”

Birtharay said the role of a man named in the FIR had not been established. Those arrested have been identified as Mithilesh Prasad Sahu (associated with the gau raksha samiti), Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Manoj Sahu — all residents of Jhabar village; and Awadhesh Sao, a resident of Ichak village.

“Awadhesh spotted Majloom and Inayat walking with the cattle at night. He was returning from a marriage ceremony. He tipped off the others. They came on motorcycles and intercepted the two,” the SP said.

According to Birtharay, the men planned to steal the cattle and began assaulting Majloom and Inayatullah. “One of the absconding accused, whose name we cannot reveal, had some old issues with Majloom. The victims were first beaten with sticks and then strangled. Their bodies were later hanged,” he said.

The arrested men told police they hid the cattle at two places in the forest. “We are trying to recover the cattle,” the SP said. He said cattle traders are often targeted. “There are those who intend to loot the cattle and sell them in the market. Others pose as ‘protectors of cows’ and threaten traders with police action to extort money. But there are some who are driven by ideology. In this case, prima facie, we have reasons to believe that the gang intended to loot the cattle. But we are probing other angles as well,” he said.

The man named in the FIR by complainant Mohammad Nizamuddin too was a cattle trader and there was a business dispute between them. Nizamuddin told The Sunday Express that Majloom and he were partners. They bought six oxen from a fair in Latehar three days ago. Another person, Mohammad Azad Khan, who lives in Arahara village, also bought two oxen. Together, they were supposed to sell eight oxen at a cattle fair in Tutilawa in Hazaribagh — it starts the day after Holi.

“We travel on foot with our cattle and that is why we take three-four days to move from one fair to another. On Thursday, Azad Khan’s son Inayatullah joined Majloom at Dumartand (where Majloom lives with his father-in-law). They set out around 3 am for Tutilawa. I asked Majloom to take the cattle up to Balumath, from where I would have taken charge,” Nizamuddin said.

It was not yet dawn when Nizamuddin reached Jhabar which is on the way. “I spotted my cattle. Majloom was nowhere to be seen. Suddenly, I heard cries of some persons. They shouted ‘yahi to hai asli vyapaari, pakdo isko’ (he is the real trader, catch him). I was on a motorcycle, so I sped away. I stopped only after I reached Balumath (nearly 14 km from Jhabar). I then began calling his family members to find out about Majloom,” he said.

At his house in Arahara, Azad Khan said: “I sent my son since I had injured my leg. I would have gone to the fair later. He walked to Majloom’s house and left with him early Friday. When I last spoke to Majloom on phone, he told me he was crossing Jhabar. The call got disconnected and the phone was switched off later. I learnt about the incident later.”

Azad said his son was killed because the assailants feared he would identify them. Munnavar Ansari, one of the younger brothers of Majloom, was the first family member to reach the spot where the bodies were found.
“My brother and the boy were hanged with nylon cords which are used to rein in cattle. His mobile phone was missing and I also spotted a broken SIM at the place. The faces of both were covered with gamchhas (towels),” said Munnavar who runs a mobile phone repair shop in his village.

Majloom and Inayatullah were stopped on the road from Jhabar to Balumath. They were then taken to a place nearly 3 km away. It’s across a rivulet also called Jhabar, along a dirt track seldom used by villagers. Only cattle are taken there for grazing.

While police maintained that the incident appeared to be a case of loot-gone-wrong, Majloom’s family members alleged that residents of Jhabar and other adjoining villages had threatened them in the past for dealing in cattle.
His father, Mohammad Ibrahim, said: “I don’t seek revenge. I only want justice for my son.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 20, 2016 at 2:55 am
    Congratulation to all Hindus...
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      One God
      Mar 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm
      Had enough of rss led modi givernment anyone?
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        One God
        Mar 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm
        Had enough of rss led modi government anyone?
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          Hari
          Mar 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm
          The incidents occured at Maoists infected area. After getting exposed in the JNU anti-national Afsal Guru episode, Communists are on the backfoot, and they are desparately in need of an issue to divert the attention, and to bring back their original agenda: To instigate Muslims against the country. Probably this is the work of Maoists and Naxals to create tension. Police should investigate and catch the culprits.
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            Namita.Bhosle
            Mar 19, 2016 at 10:04 pm
            Put the BUGGER BAGAWAT 3 ft. under the ground. Such killings will stop!
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              am
              Mar 20, 2016 at 8:51 am
              how did u know that they r not innocent. people like u can break the country , talking rubbish. tu jaroo chaddi wala ka aulad hoga
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                Indian
                Mar 21, 2016 at 3:43 am
                Who has given rights to people to take law in hand, It is crime if they were looting but taking law in hand is bigger crime. It must informed to police instead of hanging child, police must panish them as per law n set an example who takes law in hand.
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                  Abhijit Bhattacharya
                  Mar 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm
                  The pseudo-Hindu brigade is implementing vikas as the PM has envisaged
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                    Adrian Akau
                    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm
                    It was a hate crime. The bodies were beaten and hung from a tree to set an example for other cattle traders.
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                      SUNNY
                      Mar 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                      modis BEEF policy will keep on dividing indians further and further
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                        Anil
                        Mar 20, 2016 at 9:14 am
                        We are loosing the greatness of this nation and slowly it will become like saudi
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                        1. M
                          mumbai
                          Mar 20, 2016 at 8:55 am
                          Hindus trying to spread their religion using violence, lies and cunningness.
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                          1. M
                            mumbai
                            Mar 20, 2016 at 6:14 am
                            This is the true face of hindutwa. Now everyone must understand that Islam did not spread under the threat of sword or violence. Horrible hinduism.
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                              mumbai
                              Mar 20, 2016 at 10:21 am
                              This not hatredness. Desparation. Most of killers are free now. whaat happened Dadri killings . and few days before in up one muslim was tied to a pole. tortured and asked to chant jai sriram . what happened to them.
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                              1. M
                                mumbai
                                Mar 20, 2016 at 10:18 am
                                hindus do not have law at all.
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                                1. M
                                  mumbai
                                  Mar 20, 2016 at 8:52 am
                                  this is hinduism
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                                    aryan singla
                                    Jul 4, 2016 at 7:34 am
                                    i think the law will punish this person. i think we need to let the the law to their job and not get involed
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                                      Indian
                                      Mar 19, 2016 at 11:41 pm
                                      Not much outrage as this is new 'Normal' in Modi Rule
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                                        Kaliyug
                                        Mar 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm
                                        This is really sad, hopefully the people involved in this crime also face similar sentences.
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                                          close observer
                                          Mar 20, 2016 at 8:39 am
                                          Yes Mahesh. You are right . He is paid troller from BJP. I always overlook his comment. They are trained people from BJP RSS . he only spit venom here .
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                                            Dilip Mishra
                                            Mar 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm
                                            Despite 67 years of Independence Mahatma hiji teaching of peace , live and let others live in this beautiful country is disappearing. Those who talk loud of TOLERANCE should hang their head with shame. politicians love these incidence to get votes .Hai Ram when will our pm Stop this Lynching. Am sure twitter account will be busy with getting votes for the coming elections ONLY.Hai Ram. Desh Bechao Mera Desh Mahen Nayi Hai
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