Tezpur, Aug 16: An irate mob lynched a man and injured three others critically injured mistaking them to be cattle lifters in Biswanath district on Wednesday. The incident took place at Line Number 15 of Diplonga Tea Estate under the Sootea police station.
The deceased has been identified as Deben Rajbongshi (35) and the injured as Pujan Ghatowar (40), Phulchand Sahu (25) and Bijoy Nayak (25). All the four were residents of the nearby Gereki village, whose residents claim they were pig traders.
The four men had allegedly stolen two cows from a person named Sankat Tanti and were fleeing in an auto van which had no number plate, Biswanath superintendent of police Diganta Kumar Choudhury said.
“After Tanti shouted for help, the villagers intercepted the four and started thrashing the suspected thieves. We have recovered the auto van and the two cows,” Choudhury said.
Village Defence Party (VDP) personnel called the police, which reached the spot immediately and rescued the four from the clutches of the attackers and rushed them to hospital, he said.
“One among them died, while the other three persons were being treated at a private hospital in Biswanath Chariali,” Choudhury said.
The police have registered two cases, one against the four men for allegedly lifting two cows and another against the public for beating them but no arrest has been made yet.