UP: Villagers beat Muslim brothers, one died, another critical

A Muslim youth was lynched by a mob in Kaushambi district while his brother was admitted to hospital with severe injuries on Monday. The deceased was identified as Zafar Alam, a resident of Asrauli village while his elder brother, Noor Alam, was battling for life at a hospital.

Kaushambi police said to the Times of India that a detailed investigation was underway to establish the exact sequence of events that ended in Zafar’s death and left Noor critically wounded. 

An FIR was lodged against an unidentified mob for murder and attempted murder.

“When we got the information, we rushed to the spot and asked cops from three adjoining police stations to reach the site as back-up. We rushed the two to the hospital where Zafar (18) was declared dead and Noor (26) is undergoing treatment with severe injuries,” Inspector Aditya Vikram said to the newspaper.

The incident happened when they were intercepted while making an abortive bid to escape after opening fire on the mob in Bhirpur village under the limits of Pipri police station on Monday morning, Times of India reported.

Times of India report read: “On Monday, when they spotted him (Zafar) in the village on a motorcycle, they intercepted him. A scuffle ensued during which Zafar somehow managed to contact his brother Noor who was somewhere near the village itself and rushed to rescue him. In the meantime, as the mob tried to zero in on Zafar, he opened fire from a 315 bore countrymade pistol, further adding to the resentment in the village. As Zafar ran out of bullets, the mob pounced on him and thrashed him. When his elder brother reached the site and tried to rescue Zafar, he, too, was thrashed.”