Ranchi: Two muslim cattle traders Majloom,35 and Azad Khan Alias Ibrahim,15, who were herding eight buffaloes on their way to the Friday market were beaten up and killed.
They were hanged from a tree by a suspected cattle protection group in Balumath forests of Latehar district, 100km away from Ranchi on Friday, TOI reported.
Reports suggest that, villagers who were protesting for their death felt that the victims were targeted because they were cattle traders.
SP Anoop Birthary of Latehar district did not recognise the aggressors. However, the police is collecting leads to get to the crux of the matter. Speculations circulating till now have given few major reasons like personal or business malice or due to other motives.
It was a havoc situation with protesters getting violent as the police attempted to bring down the bodies. People started throwing stones at the officials, SDO Kamleshwar Narayan and six policemen were injured which forced police to fire in the air and unleash the lathi charge. Villagers also blocked the Latehar-Chatra National Highway after the killings. An FIR was lodged against the same.
This situation presents an immense political/ law and order challenge for the BJP government in Jharkhand. This case is reminiscent to the Dadri lynching, when a Muslim was killed over the rumors of eating beef. Back then, BJP had said law and order was under the SP government.