A Muslim youth was killed and his two associates were injured when a mob attacked them on the suspicion that they were illegally chopping wood in a forest in Rampur area of Bansur tehsil of Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Thursday night. Those who allegedly attacked the three persons included forest officials.

The deceased, Wasim, 27, was driving a pick-up jeep, in which his cousin, Asif, and a friend, Azharuddin, were travelling with him. A crowd stopped their jeep near the Narol village and allegedly attacked them, charging that they were roaming in the area to illegally fell the trees and chop their wood.

The forest officials joined the group of villagers and all of them allegedly thrashed the three youth. The crowd was carrying sharp-edged weapons, sticks and iron rods. Wasim, who was seriously injured in the attack, was taken to the B.D.M. Government Hospital in Kotputli, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Following the registration of a first information report at Harsora police station, the police on Friday detained 10 persons, including four forest officials, for interrogation. Neemrana Additional Superintendent of Police Jagram Meena said the investigation was in progress and the accused would be arrested shortly.

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