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New Delhi:  30-year-old Mohammad Ismail was lynched to death in Araria district of Bihar on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The police has arrested one Rupesh Yadav and lodged a case in connection with the incident.

The police claimed that Ismail was caught stealing inside a house and brutally thrashed by people which caused his death. “There were two men…one of them managed to escape but Ismail was caught,” Vikas Kumar, the Station House Officer of Jokihat police station while speaking to The Clarion India.

However, his family refuted the claim. They said Ismail was an electrician. He was fixing electric cables on a pole in his locality when two motorcycle-borne men came and asked him to accompany them to their village. “They said they needed some electric repair work done,” Moin Ahmad, Ismail’s uncle, told Clarion India.  “He went with them and did not return home after that.”

Moind added, “It seems he was killed by a team,” Moin said. “They were men from the Yadav community of Chakai village.”

According to media reports, One of the accused Domar Yadav was involved in another case of lynching that took place in the area last year.

Ismail, a resident of Balwai village, is survived by his wife Masarrat, three children and 70-year-old father Shoaib. His body was laid to rest on Monday.

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