Jharkhand lynchings: Ensure such incidents don’t recur, CM to officials

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2016 13:22 IST
Police said the five arrested suspects have confessed to killing the herders to steal the cattle and sell the animals elsewhere. (HT Photo/ For representational purposes only )

Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Sunday said he has directed the state administration to ensure that incidents like the Latehar lynchings, where two Muslim cattle traders were hanged from a tree, are not repeated.

“The police have arrested some people in this regard. In Jharkhand, an act is also there that no one can take animals outside the state. The police are working to contain the situation. I have directed the administration to ensure that such incidents don’t recur,” Das told ANI.

The bodies of two cattle traders, one of whom is a teenager, were found hanging from a tree in Jhabbar village in Jharkhand’s Latehar district on Friday.

Read: Cow activist, 4 others held after 2 Muslim cowherds hanged to death

While police arrested five people in connection with the case on Saturday, three others are still absconding.

Sources said the hands of the two cattle traders were tied and their bodies bore injury marks, indicating they were hanged after being beaten to death.

Though police dismissed reports that the situation in the region was tense, they have banned large gatherings in the area for the time being. Balumath had witnessed clashes between Hindus and Muslims over cow slaughter three months ago.

(With ANI inputs)

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