After being accused of an alleged attempt to steal a buffalo, a Muslim man was beaten to death by angry villagers in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district on Wednesday, police said.
20-year-old Sharukh Khan and his two companions had gone to Bholapur village where they were assaulted by a group of men, said Muniraj, Senior Superintendent of Police in Bareilly. He also added that Sharukh’s family members have filed a complaint against two people who took him to the village.
In a complaint submitted to police, Mohd Firoz, brother of Sharukh, said that two men –Majid Ali and Pappu- took his brother with them on Tuesday evening and Sharukh did not return until late in the night. Firoz also said that he got a call from the police the next morning asking him to reach the hospital where he saw his brother lying on a bed with wounds all over his body.
“I saw my brother lying on a hospital bed. He had injuries all over his body. He told me the name of Majid and Ali and passed away moments later,” said Firoz, alleging that the duo had given Sharukh some drugs and took him to Bholapur village where he was attacked by people.
The police have filed an FIR against Majid and Pappu and some unknown for murder based on Firoz’s complaint.
The SSP also said that the residents of Bholapur village have accused Sharukh and his companions of attempting to steal a buffalo from the village.
A complaint alleging that the trio were caught stealing his buffalo has also been lodged by Gajendra Pal of Bholapur. Sharukh Khan, who used to work as a tailor, had recently returned form Dubai for Eid.
With inputs from Hindustan Times.