Yet again, three Muslim men lynched in West Bengal on suspicion of cow-theft

By Staff Reporter

Lynching of Muslims is now becoming a scary routine in India. For a second day in a row, three Muslim men were lynched on Thursday night in West Bengal’s Islampur town of Dinajpur’s district.

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The three men: Sameeruddin Haque, Naseerul Haque and Nasir Haque were beaten to death by mob on suspicion of stealing a cow. The incident happened in Sonapur village of the Islampur town.

According to the Police, about 15 men entered into the village on Thursday night and villagers thought that the persons entering into the village were cow thieves. The assumption was allegedly made as vilagers saw these men outside a cow-shed.

The villagers started making noises, and following this the outsiders tried to escape. But Sameeruddin, Naseerul and Nasir could not escape and were caught by the villagers. The mob started beating them with bamboo rods and left them injured after severe beating.

When police reached the site, they saw three men lying in the blood. Police took them to the nearest hospital where they were declared brought dead. The bodies were sent for post-mortem to Islampur Sub-Divisional Hospital.

According to Police sources, an investigation has begun in the case but no arrests have been made till now. Police sources have informed that parents of the victims will be interrogated to see if they were related to cow-smuggling or not, as it is not clear that victims were stealing the cows or not.

It looks that cow-stealing incidents were frequent as the three victims were caught by the villagers who were doing the night guarding. However, police has been deployed in and around the village to avoid any further violence.

(Feature image of the story has been updated to avoid any confusions.)