Muslim man lynched on suspicion of cattle theft in Assam; 6 arrested

East-West Corridor a four Lane Road through Hojai district.

Hojai: A 40-year-old Muslim man was reportedly killed in Assam’s Hojai district under suspicion of cattle theft on Saturday night. Subsequently, the police have apprehended six Hindu men and further investigation is underway.

The episode transpired around midnight on Saturday in the Bamungaon region of Hojai’s Lanka. Officials from the Lanka Police Station were alerted around 2:40 am on Sunday and promptly proceeded to Bamungaon. There, they discovered the unconscious body of the victim, who was taken to a local hospital.

Although he was initially alive but later succumbed to his injuries. The deceased, identified as Hifzur Rahman from Bamungaon village, was allegedly caught attempting to steal two buffalos from a residence.

Locals claimed that a rise in cattle thefts had led them to be vigilant during the nights. When Hifzur was caught in the act, he was allegedly assaulted by a group of people in the darkness.

The family of Hifzur lodged a formal complaint on Sunday, prompting a police investigation into the matter.

After Hifzur’s demise, the police revisited Bamungaon village and identified eight individuals involved in his death.

Subsequently, six of them—Sanjay Das, Nikhil Das, Tulendra Das, Uttam Chakraborty, Jayanta Chakraborty, and Sandhu Mazumdar—were arrested. Legal proceedings have been initiated against them, including charges under section 302 (murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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