Lucknow: A 20-year-old youth was reportedly lynched on suspicion of cattle thief by a mob of around 50 people in Bholapur Hindoliya village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district, said media reports on Thursday. According to a leading portal, it was alleged that Shahrukh Khan was trying to steal cattle along with his three accomplices when around 50 villagers caught him. They started beating him up even as those accompanying him managed to escape. An FIR has been lodged against 30 unidentified villagers along with Shahrukh’s accomplices. Police told the portal that the youth was alive when they rescued him but he succumbed to his injuries at the district hospital. (Also read: ‘Rajiv Gandhi Father of Lynching’) Also Read - UP Govt Imposes NSA Against Tablighi Jamaat Members For Misbehaving With Nurses In Ghaziabad Hospital
Bareilly SP Abhinandan Singh was quoted as saying, “The deceased, along with his three friends, was trying to steal a buffalo at around 3 AM when he was spotted by a farmer. The villagers caught him and started thrashing him as his three accomplices managed to escape. The victim was rescued by police at around 6 AM and was taken to the district hospital, where he died. We have got complaints from both the sides and cases have been registered against 30 unidentified villagers as well as the three people who accompanied the victim.” However, the victim’s brother denied he was a cattle thief. He said that the youth had stepped out for their aunt’s house in a neighbouring village. Shahrukh was a tailor who had recently come back after working with his uncle in Dubai. Also Read - UP Government Talks Tough, To Invoke NSA Against Those Attacking Cops During Covid-19 Lockdown
Meanwhile, a panel of senior government officers, which deliberated on the possibility of enacting a new law to check incidents of lynching, has submitted its report to a Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, officials said on Wednesday. The committee of secretaries, headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, held consultations with a cross-section of society and other stakeholders before submitting its report to the GoM. The GoM will now submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a final decision, a home ministry official said. The move came after nearly 40 people were lynched in nine states in the past one year. Also Read - After 'Corona' Girl, UP Man Names His Baby Boy 'Lockdown' Because he Was Born During 'Lockdown'