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Madhya Pradesh: Man Beaten To Death For Killing Peacocks

10 men have been booked for murder and rioting, and also under relevant provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act.

Mob violence in India has become a trend, especially in the second term of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party’s rule. In Madhya Pradesh, a man accused of killing peacocks was brutally beaten to death by a mob. In Lasudiya Atri village in the Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday, July 19, Hiralal Banchada, suffered critical injuries and died of his wounds in a hospital.

Around  9 pm on Friday, villagers reportedly saw four men running through agricultural fields. They chased and caught one man — the victim — and found four dead peacocks in his possession. The mob subsequently thrashed him and left him critically injured in the fields.

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Speaking to NDTV, Rakesh Sagar, Superintendent of Neemuch district, said, “Someone informed the Dial 100 emergency service of the state police about the incident. A police team rushed to the village and brought the critically injured man to the hospital, where he died later.”

Per reports, ten men have been booked for murder and rioting, and also under relevant provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act. Nine have been arrested so far. The police have also registered a separate case for killing peacocks against Banchada, his son Rahul, and two others, who are absconding, under the Wildlife Protection Act. Hunting and killing of peacocks are prohibited by law under the Indian Forest Act of 1972 as well.

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