A Muslim man was lynched to death for being in love with a Hindu girl in Jharkhand state.
According to the Hindustan Times, 20-year-old Mohammad Shalik was allegedly in a one-year long love affair with Soso, a Hindu woman belonging to a nearby village.
Shalik was tied to a tree and brutally beaten for hours, leading to his death, it reported.
According to the report, the girl called the boy to meet her at Gumla town for the Ram Navami procession on Wednesday.
“After initially refusing, Shakil finally went to meet her and dropped her home,” the report said.
Soso told police that a group of neighbours saw Shalik and surrounded him, tied him to a tree and assaulted him for hours. He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.
Police have reportedly arrested three people and lodged an FIR against unnamed people. “Though investigation is on, we were told by the villagers that the boy had been asked earlier not to meet the girl and never visit the village,” said Gumla superintendent of police Chandan Kumar Jha.
The incident comes amid rising communal tensions in the neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh where controversial initiatives are on the rise. Organised campaigns have been launched against slaughterhouses and ‘anti-love-Jihad’ squads have been formed.