The incident took place in Baniyapur village of Saran district in Bihar. Police the three were beaten to death on suspicion of cattle theft.
Saran lynching: Three people were reportedly beaten to death by a violent mob in Bihar’s Saran district on the suspicion of cattle theft. According to news agency ANI, the incident took place in Baniyapur village on Friday morning. Police said that they reached the crime scene as soon as they learned about the killings and took control of the situation.
Police said that bodies of the deceased persons have been sent for autopsy and an investigation is underway. They have been identified as Raju Nat, Videshi Nut and Naushad Qureshi. All the deceased belonged to Paigambarpur village.
According to multiple media reports, locals caught three men at around 4:30 am on suspicion that they were trying to steal cattle. The three men were from a neighbouring village and moving around with a cow in a pick-up van in Baniyapur village. They were beaten brutally by the villagers who claimed that there were four persons but one managed to flee.
When police reached the village, they rushed the three to a hospital in Chhapra where doctors declared them brought dead.
“Three people were lynched at a village in Bihar’s Saran district Friday morning by a mob that caught hold of them while they were allegedly stealing cattle,” PTI quoted police as saying.
Superintendent of Police Har Kishore Rai said that two of the deceased were beaten to death at the village, while another succumbed to injuries when he was being taken to hospital by family members.
Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased persons have have filed a police complaint against the villagers.
The Saran Lok Sabha seat is represented by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy. It was once considered a stronghold of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD.