Aligarh man lynched over suspicion of theft, 6 arrested. Brother says ‘killed because he was Muslim’ (The Print)

Accused have been booked on charges including murder and rioting. Aligarh tense, shops downed shutters after news of murder spread.

A screenshot from a purported video of the assault, which has gone viral on social media | Source: X


New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Police Wednesday arrested six people for allegedly lynching a Muslim man in Aligarh on suspicion of theft. Tension gripped the city as news of the murder spread and shops downed shutters in the Mamu Bhanja area.

A purported video of the assault went viral on social media late Tuesday, which shows at least six people beating the man, identified as Farid or Aurangjeb.

Aligarh Superintendent of Police Mringank Shekhar Pathak told ThePrint that the six accused were neighbours Rahul, Mohit, Chirag Varshney, Ankit Varshney, Kamal Chowdhury and Jai Gopal Sharma.

Police said the mob lynched Aurangjeb after he allegedly entered the house of local trader Mukesh Chand Mittal, and was confronted by his family members and neighbours.

On a complaint filed by the victim’s brother Mohammed Jaqi, the police registered an FIR against the six men under IPC sections 302 (murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), and 34 (common intention). In his complaint, Jaqi claimed that the men attacked his brother on realising he was a Muslim.

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