Three men, suspected to be Bangladeshi nationals who had allegedly crossed the border illegally to steal cows, were lynched by villagers in Assam’s Karimganj district on Saturday night, police said.
“Three unknown suspected Bangladeshi nationals were killed last night by some unknown miscreants at Bogrijan tea estate under Patharkandi police station,” Kumar Sanjit Krishna, Karimganj superintendent of police, said in a written statement.
“On enquiry it is revealed that the said Bangladeshi nationals crossed the border with a motive to steal cows from the Bogrijan area,” Krishna said.
A rope, fence-cutter, and wires, apart from some food items, have been recovered from the dead men, police said.
Investigations into the incident, and follow-up action regarding the handing over of the bodies had been started, the statement said.
Officials said the border in this part of Karimganj has thick forests and tea gardens. The area is close to the Patharia reserve forest, through which herds of elephants have been known to move to and fro across the border.
The lynching of the three alleged Bangladeshi cattle smugglers is the second such incident in this same area of Karimganj in less than two months.
On June 1, a 42-year-old Bangladeshi man, was lynched by villagers on suspicion that he was a cattle smuggler. The lynching followed an alleged attempt to steal cows by a group of four Bangladeshis and two Indians from a house in the Putni tea estate, a few kilometres from the border.
In August last year, a Bangladeshi cattle smuggler was shot dead in an encounter with the Border Security Force (BSF) on the border in Karimganj. BSF and police had said the incident occurred when more than 30 Bangladeshis were trying to enter India to steal cows.
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