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Bihar: Mob Beats Three Men to Death on Suspicion of Stealing Cattle

A case of cattle theft has been filed against the victims.

Three men were reportedly beaten to death by villagers in Bihar’s Saran district on the night of Thursday, July 18.

NDTV reported that the victims were accused of stealing cattle by locals in Baniyapur village. The villagers caught hold of the three men, who were from a neighbouring village and driving in a pick up van. The mob then beat them up.

The police took the men to the hospital but they were pronounced brought dead. Their bodies have been sent for a post-mortem.

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The report added that while an FIR against the villagers has been lodged by the families of the victims, a case of cattle theft has also been filed against the victims.

Instances of mob violence, particularly those related to cattle and perpetrated against members of minority communities, are showing no signs of abating. Last month, 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was brutally lynched by a mob in Jharkhand. While his death had sparked nation-wide outrage, the continuing spate of mob violence and communal attacks show that the law and order situation in the country still remains worrisome.

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On July 17, eminent theatre director S Raghunandana refused the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in protest of ‘Mob Violence in The Name of Religion & God’ and the growing culture of intolerance in the country. He said in his statement that “The powers-that-be are directly, or indirectly, responsible for these deadly acts of murder and violence.”

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