2 Tribals Lynched On Suspicion Of Cow Slaughter

Story Highlights
  • Group of 20 men went to the home of the tribal’s and accused them of killing a cow.
  • Some 12 kg of meat has been found in the victim’s house.
  • The Congress has demanded a high-level inquiry and swift action.

Seoni: Two tribal men died while another was injured after members of a Hindu right-wing group assaulted them over suspicion of cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni district on Tuesday, police said. According to the police, a group of about 15-20 men went to the house of the victims and assaulted them. While two tribals died on their way to the hospital, the third was admitted to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

The dead have been identified as Dhan Shah Inawati and Sampat Batti of Simariya village and the injured as Brijesh Batti of Kurali village said Kurali police station in-charge Ganpat Singh Uike. A case has been registered against 15 members of a saffron outfit for rioting, murder, voluntarily causing hurt and under relevant sections of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and six of the accused have been booked for murder, said the additional SP.

No arrests have been made so far, he added. A case of murder has been registered on the complaint of the injured tribal, Brajesh Batti. Police teams are searching for the accused. Some of the accused are named (in the complaint) and others are unidentified. We have taken two-three suspects into custody. Some 12 kg of meat has been found in the victims’ house,” Maravi said. He added that the meat has been sent for forensic examination.

Following the deaths, Congress legislator Arjun Singh Kakodia sat in protest on Jabalpur-Nagpur Highway, demanding action against the accused. He demanded a high-level probe into it and said the kin of the victims should be given Rs. 1 crore each as well as government jobs. Nath said the kin of the deceased and local residents have claimed the involvement of Bajrang Dal in the incident. Quoting National Crime Records Bureau, the former chief minister said MP was the top state on crime against tribals.

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