Guwahati, Aug 17: A man was beaten to death and three others were seriously injured by a mob over suspicion of being cattle thieves, said media reports on Friday. The incident occurred near Diplonga tea estate in Assam’s Biswanath district. According to The Times of India, Sankat Munda, a villager from Diplonga, had raised an alarm after he found two of his cows missing. When locals started searching the area on Wednesday, they came across Deben Rajbongshi, Pujan Ghatowar, Phulchand Sahu and Bijoy Nayak (25) who were in an auto van to buy “pigs” according to The New Indian Express.  The locals intercepted the four and started beating them up. The incident came to light on Thursday after a video of it went viral on the social media. (Also read: Centre Asks States, Union Territories to Take Preventive Measures Against Lynching) Also Read - Coronavirus: SBI Closes Northeast Head Office After COVID-19 Spike Among Staff

While the police rescued the four, Deben died in hospital and the others are in a critical condition, said SP (Biswanath) Diganta Kumar Choudhury. “A van and two cows were also seized,” he said, adding, “The van has no number plate.” The mob had attacked the four men with sticks, iron rods and machetes. The victims could be seen in the video pleading to be spared. They insisted they were on their way to buy pigs even as the mob kept assaulting them. Also Read - Assam Lockdown Extension News Today: List of Districts to go Under Complete Shutdown From Today | Check List

According to TNIE, police said the victims were indeed transporting two stolen cows.”They were travelling in an auto van with two stolen cows. There were altogether five people but one managed to escape. Around 100-150 people were involved in the attack. We have registered a case and we are looking for the assailants. We will nab them soon,” police inspector Manoj Baruah said to the daily. Another case has been filed by Sankat who had initially raised the alarm initially over cow theft. Also Read - Lockdown Extension: These Districts of Three States to go Under Complete Shutdown From Today | Check List

Last month, three ‘sadhus’ were rescued by Army and police personnel after a mob tried to lynch them, suspecting them to be child-lifters. The incident took place at Mahur Railway Station in Dima Hasao district of Assam.