Basith Khan, a 32-year-old Muslim youth was killed by a Hindu mob on false suspicion of theft as the mob tied him to a tree and rained punches and kicks on him for hours before he collapsed in Aonla village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district. The incident took place on September 4 at around 12 pm.
The incident took place on Thursday night and Basith breathed his last on Friday evening in a hospital in Bareilly. “People assembled and dragged him to a nearby tree and tied him to it. Some of them even posed for mobile cameras while pouncing on Basith brutally,” a relative of the slain said. “Basith died of internal bleeding,” he added.
He also told Maktoob that soon after the brutal attack, Basith was handed over to police and instead of taking him to a hospital police dropped him home in a rickshaw and left.
Basit Khan’s mother Taslima (56), rejected the allegations of theft against her slain son. “My son is not a thief. He has never stolen. There is no case of theft registered against him. He pulls a rickshaw. He has four children. He has a 13-year-old daughter. His wife works at a bindi making factory. We are poor, not thieves. It is sheer assault. The charge of stealing the wire is absolutely false. We have faced many difficulties. We all work together but we are not thieves. They accuse him of being a thief, then why was the wire not recovered from him,” she told TwoCircles.net.
Basit Khan used to work with Rajiv Gupta, the local city president of Congress. Rajiv Gupta said that he (victim) was a hard-worker and had no previous history of stealing.