3 lynched in Bihar over cattle theft bid

3 lynched in Bihar over cattle theft bid

Chhapra (Bihar): Three people were beaten to death on Friday by a mob in Bihar’s Saran district over alleged attempt to steal a buffalo, a charge vehemently denied by the families of the victims.

The incident took place at Nandlal Tola of Pithauri village in the early hours of Friday when Raju Nat, Bides Nat and Naushad Qureshi were attacked by a mob which accused the trio of trying to steal a buffalo tied to a peg.

Two of them died on the spot while the third succumbed to injuries on way to hospital, Superintendent of Police Har Kishore Rai said. He refused to give more details but said two-three people have been picked up for interrogation.

After the incident, a clash erupted between the alleged attackers and the family members of the deceased who claimed the three men had gone out to relieve themselves when they were beaten to death.

“We can say with certainty that this is not one of those incidents of mob lynching. The cattle allegedly being stolen was a buffalo. The attackers and the victims belong to the same social groups. The attackers will be identified and booked for taking law into their own hands,” Deputy SP Ajay Kumar Singh said.

There was heavy deployment of police in the village after the incident.