A 48 year old Dalit man was lynched by eight men after they suspected he was to taking an animal for slaughtering late Sunday night.
The incident took place near Chitora locality of Masoori area near NH 24, police officials said on Monday.
Surender Jatav, a resident of Noorpur, was returning home by the side of the Upper Ganga Canal area with his wife and daughter. They were taking along a cow along with them police said.
“Near Chitora area, the victim was obstructed by eight youths at around 6.30 pm These men questioned him about the ownership and purpose of taking along the animal. The victim did not reply. Thereafter, the accused thrashed the victim and lynched him,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Capt. M M Baig said.
Police officials said that the victim had earlier been to jail for suspected cow slaughtering which led the accused to believe that he was taking another cow for slaughtering.
The accused later threatened victim’s wife and daughter with dire consequences if they tried to inform the police.
The accused were reported to be in the age group of 22 to 25 years. The victim’s wife later lodged a police complaint stating that her husband was forced by the accused to work as a daily wager in their fields and was killed after he denied their offer.
Eight people were named in the FIR while six of them were arrested till late Monday evening, Baig said.
A case for murder and other provisions of SC/ST Act was registered at Masoori police station, police said.