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Policeman beaten to death by mob in western India

NEW DELHI, July 14 (Xinhua) — A policeman was beaten to death by a mob in western Indian state of Rajasthan, police said on Sunday.

The 48-year-old Abdul Gani was attacked Saturday evening at Brar area of Bhim in Rajsamand district, about 237 km southwest of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.

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“A police head constable Abdul Gani had gone to the site to probe a land dispute and an allegation of land encroachment. A mob who had assembled at the spot attacked the policeman with clubs and rods and he was critically injured,” a police official said. “Though he was taken to a nearest community health centre but he succumbed there to his injuries.”

The incident has sent a tizzy in Rajasthan police department.

Police said they were trying to find out people who attacked the policeman on duty.

Local media reports said while the policeman was being attacked, none came forward to help him or stop the attackers.

The incident of mob violence is not new in Rajasthan.

Last year 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched by cow vigilantes in the Rajasthan on suspicion of cattle smuggling. Postmortem report said Khan died of shock and injuries from a “blunt weapon or object.”

Reports said since 2015, 108 incidents of mob violence have been reported in India, where 40 people were killed and 142 injured.

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