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Two Muslim men beaten to death by cow vigilantes in Chhattisgarh; another in critical condition

In Raipur, Chhattisgarh, two Muslim men were beaten to death by a cow vigilante mob in the early hours of Friday while transporting buffaloes in a truck.

The bodies of Chand Miya and Guddu Khan were found in the Mahanadi River. Both Muslim men were residents of Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Another Muslim man, Saddam Khan, is in critical condition.

They were traveling from Saharanpur to Odisha with buffaloes in a truck when cow vigilantes began following them. “The deceased had taken the buffaloes from a village in Mahasamund and were carrying them to the market in Odisha,” Arang police station in-charge Shailendra Singh Shyam said to Hindustan Times.

The truck’s tire got punctured on a bridge near Arang. Police suspect that nails were placed on the bridge intentionally to puncture the truck’s tires. About a dozen people then arrived and started beating the Muslim men. The assailants brutally beat them.

“We suspect that the perpetrators had planned this because they threw sharp nails which caused puncture in the vehicle carrying the bovines. The tyres burst over the bridge, and the vehicle was forced to stop and both parties got into a fight”, Shyam added.

Saddam, who is admitted to a hospital, says that the attackers threw Chand Miya and Guddu Khan off the truck; Miya died on the spot, while Guddu Khan succumbed to his injuries during treatment at Mahasamund District Hospital. Saddam is being treated in a private hospital in Raipur and is badly injured.

Police said they are investigating the incident and have identified four people.

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