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A local BJP leader of Ramgarh in Jharkhand has been arrested in connection with the mob lynching of a man on Thursday, who was accused of carrying beef in his car.
On June 29 (Thursday), Alimuddin Asgar Ansari was driving his Maruti van when he was stopped near the Bazaar Tand area in Ramgarh and was brutally attacked by a group of people who also set fire to his vehicle, accusing him of carrying beef in his van. Although police were able to rescue Ansari, he succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital.
Media-in-charge of BJP's Ramgarh unit, Nityanand Mahto, 45, who was arrested along with two others has been accused of instigating the mob. According to a video of the incident recovered by the police, Mahto was not only present at the location of the incident but dragged the victim out of his vehicle and watched as the man was thrashed.
Senior police officer RK Malik has described the incident as 'premeditated murder' as he reported that the attackers seem to have been waiting for Ansari, who was involved in a meat trading business.
Attacks on individuals by so-called cow vigilantes have shown a disturbing trend with slightest rumours being enough to attack unsuspecting victims. In Jharkhand itself, a man's house was set on fire and mob pelted stones after a cow carcass was found nearby. A 16-year-old youth traveling in a train was beaten up and killed after rumours that he was carrying beef.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee have condemned the attacks made by 'cow vigilantes'.