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8 men who killed 2 cattle herders, hung them by a tree, convicted in Jharkhand’s Latehar

Hindustan Times, Latehar (Jharkhand) | By
Dec 20, 2018 07:13 AM IST

A court in Jharkhand’s Latehar district on Wednesday held eight men guilty of thrashing two cattle herders to death in March 2016

A court in Jharkhand’s Latehar district on Wednesday held eight men guilty of thrashing two cattle herders to death in March 2016.

Police personnels deployed after violence due to two persons found hanged from a tree at Balumath in Latehar, India, March 18, 2016.(Hindustan Times)
Police personnels deployed after violence due to two persons found hanged from a tree at Balumath in Latehar, India, March 18, 2016.(Hindustan Times)

Mazlum Ansari, 32, and Imteyaz Khan, 13, were hanged from a tree after they were beaten up. Their lynching triggered nationwide protests. A spate of lynchings across the country, including in Jharkhand, followed and prompted the Supreme Court in July to urge the government to enact separate laws to prevent such mob violence.

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First class judicial magistrate Rishikesh Kumar sent the eight convicts, Mithilesh Prasad Sahu, Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Awadhesh Sahu, Manoj Sahu, Arun Sao, Vishal Tiwary, and Shahdev Soni, to jail until the quantum of punishment is pronounced later this week.

The families of Ansari and Khan said the two were taking their cattle for sale to a nearby village fair when cow vigilantes lynched them

Five of the accused were arrested within 24 hours. Three absconding accused later surrendered to a local court. They were later released on bail.

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The Latehar lynching was among a series of hate crimes in Jharkhand. In May 2017, a mob lynched four cattle traders at a village in Saraikela Kharswan district. A month later, a dairy owner, Usman Ansari, was attacked and his house was set ablaze after a headless cow carcass was found near his house.

In June 2017, a mob lynched a trader accused of transporting beef in Ramgarh district. A local court awarded life imprisonment to 11 accused involved in the case this year. Ten of them were later granted bail.

A mob set ablaze three houses belonging to a man, who allegedly slaughtered cows on Eid in Giridh district in September 2017. In June 2018, a mob lynched two Muslim cattle traders in Godda district.

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