Police is Uttar Pradesh say that a 55-year-old man was allegedly murdered by two men on suspicion that he was providing information about cow slaughter incidents to cops in Azamgarh district.
The police have arrested two accused, identified as Jakib and Itikar.
A report in The Indian Express said that the incident occurred on Friday night when Data Ram, a chowkidar at Chak Lateef Imamgarh village, was returning home with his friend Achaya Lal Maurya along with two stray cows.
The police had recovered these cows from an open field in Ahraula police station area. There was a suspicion that these cows were meant for slaughtering. The police handed over their custody to Data Ram when no one came to claim the two cows.
According to cops, the miscreants attacked Data Ram with a stone which hit him on his chest as they returned home with the two cows. Ram fell on the ground as his attackers fled from the scene.
His companion, Achaya Lal, called the police, who took the injured to the hospital where he was declared ‘dead on arrival.’
Station Officer, Ahraula police station, Vijay Prakash Yadav confirmed that Ram was would provide information to them on cow slaughters.
SSP, Azamgarh, Ajay Kumar Sahni said that there was a possibility that Ram was murdered on suspicion of being a police informer.