New Delhi: When a 20-year-old ox was found dead in the field of its owner, at least 35 people of Jhurmo in Jharkhand rushed to the spot and started attacking four tribal men over bovine slaughter. The mob violence escalated in a matter of time, killing a villager identified as Prakash Lakra.
Meanwhile, three others were injured in the assault. ADG (operations) ML Meena reportedly said that a case has been registered against the three injured people under the Jharkhand Bovine Animal Prohibition of Slaughter Act.
The three injured men are currently receiving medical treatment at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi. A report stated that the three injured men were identified as Peter Phuljans (50), Belasus Tirkey (60) and Janriush Minz (40).
Notably, police have also arrested two out of the seven men accused of Lakra’s murder. The incident took place on April 10 when the mob allegedly attacked four tribal Christian men in a field. Later the mob took the injured men to Dumri police station after which the police rushed them to a Community Health Centre in Gumla where Lakra was declared as dead.
Alleging police pressure, Dr Khalko from the Community Health Centre was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, “When a person is brought dead, we don’t make an entry in the register but send the body directly for postmortem. However, the police put pressure and asked me to make an entry in the register. This can indicate that he died during treatment.” A woman from the village reportedly said that the animal was not killed by anyone for food. She added that during the last 40 years, she had never heard of people being murdered in their village for carving up a dead animal.