Muslim driver beaten to death in Jharkhand

Mubarak’s family rejected theft allegations saying that the lynching was ”pre-planned” as he was called to the spot and beaten to death.

New Delhi: A 27-year-old driver identified as Mubarak Khan was beaten to death by a group of men on the intervening Saturday and Sunday in Sirka village, 30 kilometres to the east of Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand.

The police have lodged an FIR against 17 identified persons and several others whose identity are yet to be established.

“As per the information gathered so far, Mubarak, a resident of the nearby village Maheshpur, was trying to steal the battery and the tires of the Pulsar bike in Sirka. The villagers caught him in the act and thrashed him badly. He died on the spot,” said Brajesh Kumar, officer-in-charge of Angara Police Station.

He further added that some locals have been detained for interrogation to identify those involved in the crime.

Mubarak’s family rejected theft allegations saying that the lynching was ”pre-planned” as he was called to the spot and beaten to death.

”He was called by someone to Sirka village and deliberately killed on false allegations of bike-stealing. He was first tied to an electric pole and thrashed brutally,” said Zakir Khan, one of a neighbour of Mubarak.

According to The Clarion India report, Zakir questioned the stealing allegations claiming that the accused planted a battery and a jack of a four-wheeler at the spot of the murder. “Why would a thief use a four-wheeler jack for a two-wheeler.”

Zakir said that Mubarak’s brother told him that a few days ago there was a quarrel between Mubarak and accused men “who threatened to kill him.” A relative of Mubarak also claimed that he was given a life threat a week ago. “We want action in the case otherwise we can take any step,” he added.

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