Ranchi: Villagers in Jharkhands Gumla district allegedly tied a 20-year-old Muslim man to a tree and thrashed him for hours for being in love with a Hindu woman, leading to his death, police said on Friday.
The man identified as Mohammad Shalik, a resident of Raza Colony in Gumla town was surrounded, tied to a tree and assaulted for hours, Hindustan Times reported. He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.
The incident comes amid rising communal tensions in the state following a slew of controversial initiatives in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. Activists have cried foul against Jharkhands decision to create anti-romeo squads and seal illegal slaughterhouses, saying that the moves unfairly targeted the Muslim community.
Earlier this week, a Muslim man was lynched by a group of alleged cow protection vigilantes in Rajasthans Alwar when he was transporting cattle. A group of men also forced a couple to shave their heads in Uttar Pradesh, one of a similar string of alleged moral policing incidents.
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