2 lynched by mob over cattle smuggling suspicion in West Bengal’s Coochbehar district

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COOCHBEHAR: Two persons have been lynched over suspicion of cow smuggling at Putimari Fauleswari village in West Bengal's Coochbehar district on Thursday. 

According to the report from the police officials, at least 14 persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident.
The deceased has been identified as Prakash Das and Babul Mitra.
As per the report, the incident took place on Thursday in Mathabanga area.
Das and Mitra, residents of Mathavanga, were allegedly stopped by some villagers at Putimari Fauleswari village after finding cows in the van. The angry mob pulled out the duo and thrashed them brutally, and sustained grievous injuries. The mob also torched the pickup van in the incident.
According to police, a mob stopped the van and recovered the cows, which it claimed were stolen from the area a few days ago and were being taken to cattle smugglers.
The police admitted them to a hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries.
A case has been registered and an investigation is underway into the matter. 
The West Bengal Assembly had recently passed the West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019, which is waiting for the governor's assent.

With inputs from Agency
Image credit: The Logical Indian
 

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