Ranchi: In the incident reminiscent of the Dadri lynching, two Muslim men herding buffaloes were found hanging to death from a tree by unknown assailants at the Balumath forests in Latehar district, 100km from the state capital of Ranchi.

The buffaloes were freed by the men and locals claimed the assailants were Hindu radicals. The two had their hands tied together behind and they were gagged with a cloth in their mouth.

“The sight suggested that the two of them were subjected to extreme levels of brutality which clearly shows exhibition of extreme hatred”, a police officer said.

In Jhabbar village of Balumath the sight of the hanging men engaged in cattle trade, sparked protests by locals in the village. The protests turned violent when police tried to take down the bodies. During the protest, seven cops were injured when locals pelted stones at officials who arrived in the morning to manage the situation and ensure that it does not take communal turn.

“The policemen resorted to air firing, but it did not hurt anyone,” Latehar SP Anoop Birthary said.

“Four months ago a group of men had tried to kill a cattle trader in Gomia village of Balumath. The man managed to escape,” Latehar MLA Prakash Ram said.

An FIR was lodged against unknown for murder and another FIR was lodged against unknown persons and a few known locals for hurting the SDO and other officials. Police are conducting raids in various places in Latehar and in Chatra. Few mongers are trying to flare up communal tension in the district so police has held a peace committee with the villagers in the district.

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