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Bihar: Man Lynched on Suspicion of Stealing Cattle

The incident took place on August 1 and made news after videos began to be circulated.

New Delhi: A man was lynched by a mob on suspicion of cattle theft at Chakhabib village of Bihar’s Samastipur district. The incident took place on August 1 and made news after videos began to be circulated.

Hindustan Times reported police as having identified the victim as Mohammad Mustaqim, a resident of Begusarai.

While Mustaqim died during treatment, three other men accompanying him fled, according to the report.

The Telegraph has reported that the four had apparently attempted to steal a bullock from the house of a farmer, but were caught in the act. This report notes that there were two others with Mustaqim – and not three. After his accomplices fled, several villagers, kicked, punched and hit him with sticks and bricks, the report says.

Police arrived at the scene afterwards and took the dead body from the spot and sent it to the Sadar Hospital for post-mortem, reported Prabhat Khabar.

An FIR has been registered in which three people have been named and around 50-60 people are unidentified accused, Vibhutipur station house officer Chandrakant Gauri told The Telegraph.

HT has reported that in the video which was circulated on social media, Mustaqim is heard pleading with the villagers and saying that he had no reason to steal cattle.