17, Oct 2015
Noman, a youth from Saharanpur who was allegedly involved in inter-state cattle smuggling was lynched by irate villagers at Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh
Written by Ashwani Sharma
Shimla Updated: Oct 17, 2015, 7:43
A 20-year-old from Saharanpur was allegedly killed in Sarahan by villagers who believed he was involved in smuggling of cattle, police said. Four others, alleged to be part of the same smuggling gang, were beaten up.
Sarahan is located 37 km from Nahan, the headquarters of Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district. The incident comes weeks after a man was lynched in Dadri over rumours that he and his family stored and consumed beef.
According to police, the incident took place Wednesday night, when villagers noticed a “rashly driven” truck with cattle heading towards Nahan-Paonta Sahib, bordering Dehradun. Suspecting that the cattle were being taken to Uttar Pradesh for slaughter, a few people chased the truck and alerted the local police station, police said.
But before police could intercept the vehicle on Sarahan-Nahan road, the truck crashed as the driver failed to negotiate a sharp turn. Police said villagers then secured the cattle, caught four people travelling in the truck and beat them up.