A meat trader succumbed to injuries Thursday after he was assaulted by at least 10 men who intercepted his van carrying “cattle meat” in Ramgarh district near Ranchi, Jharkhand Police said. Police identified the victim as Alimuddin Ansari, in his mid-30s, from the Giddi area of Ramgarh.
The attackers also set Ansari’s vehicle ablaze, said police, adding that “heavy security” has been deployed in the area to “maintain calm”. Ansari was rushed to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, where he succumbed to injuries later in the day.
“This is a case of pre-meditated murder, which was made to look like an incident of lynching on the lines of a few incidents that have occurred in the state and other places. There are indications that the assailants, all of whom are from the majority community, would extort money from those allegedly involved in the trade of prohibited meat,” said Jharkhand Police ADG (Operations) R K Mullik.
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