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Madhya Pradesh : A Muslim was lynched to death, another in coma over suspicion of cow slaughter

By M M News,

BHOPAL:  A Muslim was beaten to death in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district by villagers over the suspicion of slaughtering a cow.

The incident happened late on Wednesday night when villagers attacked a group of men with sticks and stones, accusing them of slaughtering a cow. Riaz, 45, died on the spot while his friend Shakeel, 33, was seriously injured. The others in the group reportedly fled the spot, reported NDTV.

The police have arrested four accused and filed cases of attempt to murder against them. A slaughtered bull and meat of two other animals packed in bags have also been found, said senior police officer Rajesh Hingankar. The four accused have been identified as Pawan Singh Gond, Vijay Singh Gond, Phool Singh Gond and Narayan Singh Gond.

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Senior police officers along with the sub-divisional officer Arvind Tiwari reached the spot early this morning. Additional police forces have also been deployed after tension erupted in the locality, Mr Hingankar said.

Security has been tightened in the area as Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to the state; Satna is one of his stops.

The police have also filed a case against Shakeel – who is in coma in a hospital in Jabalpur – for cow slaughter. The families of Shakeel and Riaz have denied cow slaughter charges, say reports.

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