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Posted at: Nov 22, 2019, 10:24 AM; last updated: Nov 22, 2019, 12:51 PM (IST)

2 men lynched in West Bengal over suspicion of cattle theft

2 men lynched in West Bengal over suspicion of cattle theft
It took place on Thursday in Mathabanga area when Rabiul Islam and Prakash Das were ferrying two cows in a van.

Coochbehar, November 22

Two men were lynched over suspicion of cattle theft in Coochbehar district and 14 people arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident, police said.

It took place on Thursday in Mathabanga area when Rabiul Islam and Prakash Das were ferrying two cows in a van.

According to police, a mob stopped the van and recovered the cows which, it claimed, were stolen from the area a few days ago and were being taken to cattle smugglers.

After questioning the duo about their whereabouts, the mob beat them up and set the van on fire.

The police admitted them to a hospital where they succumbed to their injuries, the police said.

The West Bengal Assembly had recently passed the West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019, which is waiting the Governor’s assent. PTI

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