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Seven, including two of victim’s friends, held in Bareilly lynching case

The victim, 20-year-old Shahrukh Khan, was among three people accused by residents of stealing a buffalo in Bholapur village.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2018 21:06 IST
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Besides Mohd Majid and Pappu, who accompanied Shahrukh to Bholapur, police arrested Gajendra Pal, Mukesh Lal, Kishan Pal, Ahibaran and Mukesh Pal on the basis of a preliminary investigation.(Picture for representation)

Police have arrested seven people in connection with the alleged lynching of a man on suspicion of cattle theft at Bareilly’s Bholapur village in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The victim, 20-year-old Shahrukh Khan, was among three people accused by villagers of stealing a buffalo. Superintendent of police (Bareilly city) Abhinandan Kumar said that besides Mohd Majid and Pappu, who accompanied Khan to Bholapur, police arrested Gajendra Pal, Mukesh Lal, Kishan Pal, Ahibaran and Mukesh Pal on the basis of a preliminary investigation.

While Majid and Pappu have been charged with theft and murder, the other five have been booked for murder.

In his report lodged at the Cantonment police station, Shahrukh’s brother Mohd Firoz alleged that Majid and Pappu had drugged Shahrukh before taking him to Bholapur. While the two were booked for theft after villagers accused them of stealing the buffalo, the murder charge was included on the basis of Firoz’s complaint.

“On Wednesday morning, police called and asked me to come to the hospital. When I reached, I found Shahrukh lying there with injuries all over his body. He told me that Majid and Pappu had taken him to the village with them. Shahrukh passed away after some time,” Firoz said in his complaint. Shahrukh died a few hours later.

According to Kumar, the villagers claimed to have seen Shahrukh, Majid and Pappu stealing the buffalo. “This apparently enraged some villagers who attacked Shahrukh,” he said.

Shahrukh used to work as a tailor in Bareilly before he went to Dubai on a travel visa. He had returned to Bareilly on Bakrid.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 21:06 IST