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Two Muslim Traders Hanged To Death By Hindu “Cattle-Protection” Vigilantes.
In what can only be described as a shocking case of brutality, two Muslim cattle traders were beaten up and hanged to death from a tree by suspected cattle-protection vigilantes in Balumath forests in Latehar district, 100km from the state capital, early on Friday.
The duo identified as Muhammad Majloom, 35, and Azad Khan alias Ibrahim, 15, were cattle traders and they were on their way to a Friday market with eight buffaloes.
Their bodies were strung up with their hands tied behind their backs and their mouths stuffed with cloth.
Even though the buffaloes were reportedly set free by the men, they are still untraceable.
“The manner of their hanging showed that the assailants were led by extreme hatred,” said Latehar SP Anoop Birthary.
Latehar MLA Prakash Ram claimed that Hindu radicals were behind the killings.
Locals said assailants have targeted them in the past too, because they are engaged in cattle trade.
“Four months ago, a group of men tried to kill a cattle trader in Gomia village of Balumath. The man managed to escape,”MLA Prakash Ram said.
While slaughter of cow and oxen are banned in the state it doesn’t apply to buffaloes.
The shocking crime has drawn sharp reactions from across the spectrum. Many are calling it another Dadri, due to the similarities between the two cases.