New Delhi: A 44-year-old man was beaten to death in Bihar’s Araria district over suspicion of cattle theft. The incident took place in Dak Haripur village falling under Robertsganj police station area, police said.

The deceased Mahesh Yadav was caught hold by locals who alleged that he was trying to steal cattle along with two associates. He was lynched by local mob, Shiv Sharan Sah, SHO, Robertsganj said.

The officer said the deceased, a resident of another village in the district, had been previously involved in a number of incidents of cattle theft. A case has been registered in connection with the lynching and investigations are on, he added.

Mob lynchings have been witnessed in various parts of Bihar over the past few months. Earlier this year, a similar incident was reported from Bihar’s Simarbani village where a 55-year-old man Mohd Kabul was lynched over suspicion of cattle theft.

Prior to these incidents, two persons including a boy in his early teens were beaten to death in Nalanda district by a mob which was agitated over the murder of an RJD leader.