One person was beaten to death and three others were injured by a mob which suspected them of slaughtering a cow and cutting its flesh in Jharkhand’s Gumla district.
The deceased has been identified as Prakash Lakra.
According to the police, the incident happened late Wednesday night, when four persons of the tribal community in Jhumro village were cutting the flesh of a dead ox. A few persons of Jairagi village spotted them, resulting in a “scuffle”.
Deputy Inspector General (Chota Nagpur Range) Homkar Amol Venukant said the incident occurred around 20 km from Dumri police station, bordering Chhattisgarh.
“A few villagers from Jairagi were returning from Chhattigarh… They spotted a few people cutting the flesh of a dead ox. However, they thought they had slaughtered a cow. They started beating them up… The Jairagi villagers took all four persons to the Dumri Police Station where one of the person’s condition deteriorated… (He) was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said Venukant.
A police source said the suspects were mainly “non-tribals”, and a team has been formed to nab them.
The DIG said that after talking to the villagers, it came to the fore that the ox had died of “natural causes”. He said an FIR has been registered and added that no arrests have been made till now.