Kolkata. As the the date of Indian general elections is coming near the hindutva forces have increased their activity. On Sunday in Barhoria village in Jalpaiguri district two Muslim youths were lynched by a mob, who dragged them out of a pick-up van carrying cows, the police said.
The victims were identified as Hafizul Sheikh, a resident of Dhubri, Assam, and Anwar Hussain, a resident of Patlahawa village in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal.
Anwar Hussain (19) and Hafizul Sheikh (19) were beaten to death by the mob, who intercepted their vehicle and pulled them out of it in the early hours, the police said, adding that the pick-up van was also badly damaged by the mob.
Police took Hussain and Sheikh to the Dhupguri hospital where they were declared brought dead. The police also took charge of the animals in the vehicle.
A large contingent of police was deployed in the area.
This is the second case of cow-related lynching in West Bengal in the last two months after three Muslim youth were beaten to death in June.