According to details, two Muslim men were herding eight cattles in Balumath forests in Latehar district, 100km from the state capital. However, they were severely beaten up and hanged from a nearby tree to their death by suspected cattle protecting vigilantes in India.
Muhammad Majloom, 35 and Azad Khan aka Ibrahim, 15 were relatives of each other and cattle traders. Both of them were on their way to the Friday cattle market when they were seized by the suspected vigilante group. The bodies of the two victims were found with their hands tied behind their backs and cloth stuffed into their mouths.
Local MLA from the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) Prakash Ram stated that Hindu extremists were behind these murders. Protesting villagers also placed blame on Hindu radicals for killing the two Muslim cattle traders.
“The manner of their hanging showed that the assailants were led by extreme hatred,” said Latehar SP Anoop Birthary.
“We are gathering leads to verify whether personal or business enmity led to the murder or it was due to some other motive. The buffaloes were freed. It is yet to be known if the buffaloes were taken away by the assailants or they strayed into the forest,” added Birthary.
Protests turned a little violent in Jhabbar village when police took down the bodies and villagers started protesting.