14/06/2018 8:45 AM IST | Updated 14/06/2018 9:03 AM IST

Two Muslim Men Suspected Of Stealing Cattle Lynched In Jharkhand

Four persons have been arrested.

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Two Muslim men suspected of stealing buffaloes were allegedly lynched by a mob in Jharkhand's Godda district.

Out of the five allegedly involved in stealing cattle from Dhulu village, three managed to escape while two were caught as they were crossing Bankatti village.

The two murdered men have been identified as 35-year-old Jirafuddin Ansari and 30-year-old Murtaza Moyna, from Taljhari village and Banjhi village respectively.

A video shows one of the men slung over a bamboo pole and being dragged on the ground, The Times of Indiareported.

Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan Singh said the five men had allegedly stolen nearly a dozen buffaloes, The Indian Expressreported. "After stealing the buffaloes, they had managed to reach Bankatti village, about 2-3 km away, when the villagers spotted them. A hue and cry were raised," he said.

They allegedly stole 13 cows from one Munshi Murmu, Hindustan Timesreported.

In 2017, a Muslim beef trader, suspects of transporting beef in his vehicle, was lynched by a mob.

In 2017, a Muslim man, who was in a relationship with a Hindu girl, was tied to a pole and beaten to death in Jharkhand's Gumla district.

In 2016, two Muslim cattle traders were beaten to death in Ranchi and their bodies were found hanging from a tree.

Earlier this week, a Muslim cleric was allegedly asked to take the name of Hindu god and beaten up in Ranchi.

Four persons including Murmu have been arrested in connection with lynching in Godda district.

An FIR has also been registered against unidentified persons for stealing buffaloes.