Ranchi, June 29: In yet another instance of cow vigilantism, a man was lynched to death in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on allegation of transporting beef. The victim, identified as Alimuddin Asghar, was intercepted by the mob in Bazartund locality on suspicion of travelling with beef in his van.

Asghar was rescued by police officials amid the crowd beatdown. However, the 45-year-old succumbed to injuries during the treatment.

According to police, the lynching of Asghar could not be an act of cow vigilantism. “He had a criminal record, and was an accused in the kidnapping and murder of a child. He traded in beef and had been getting calls for ransom from his business rivals and local criminals,” Jharkhand police spokesperson RK Malik said, further adding police will probe all angles behind the murder.

The lynching of Asghar came on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the acts of violence in name of cow vigilantism. While addressing a gathering at Sabarmati Ashram earlier in the day, Modi said, “Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ (cow worship) is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve.”

“We are a land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget that? Today I want to say a few words and express sadness on some of the things going on,” Modi added, in clear reference to the increasing cases of murderous attacks on people in the name of cow protection,” he added.

Here is the video of Asghar’s lynching which went viral on social media:

The fresh lynching case in Jharkhand comes in the backdrop of the killing of 15-year-old Junaid near Haryana’s Ballabgarh. Junaid, along with his brothers – Hashim and Sakir, was returning to Khandwani village from Delhi. The trio were attacked inside the train after a scuffle broke out over the seat. The mob, while attacked them, passed communal slurs and labelled the trio as ‘beefeaters’.

Students and civil society members in several cities across the nation organised protests on Wednesday over the spate of lynching incidents reported over the past few months. The demonstrations – with placards of ‘Not in My Name’ – were organised in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal.