Chilling confessions of murder by killers of Jharkhand’s Muslim cattle traders


Last month, two Muslim cattle traders including a two old boy were lynched to death by men belonging to right-wing Hindutva group.

They were killed while on their way to a local Friday market in BJP-ruled Jharkhand when they were mercilessly beaten up before being hanged to death from a tree.

The incident took place on early hours at Balumath forests in Latehar district, 100km from Ranchi.

Police had later arrested five people in connection with the gruesome murder.

They’ve now confessed to murder and given the chilling accounts of how they planned and executed the murder.

As reported by Catchnews website, here are the chilling detail of their confessions.

Name: Manoj Sau
Age: 27 years

Confession: “I was married in Balumath and this is how I came in contact with Arun Sau, who is from the same community as me. I called him Bhaiya and we met him very often. Around 6 months ago, some Qureshis from Balumath shut him inside a house and thrashed him. During our meetings, Arun Sau said that we need to take revenge and it was decided to form a team to take on traders who were taking cattle from Jhabar village to Balumath.

On the morning of 18 March, 2016 Avdhesh Sau called me at 3:30 am from his mobile (last numbers 22) on my mobile (last numbers 31). He told me that he saw cattle being transported from Jhabar village to Balumath. I instructed him to continue tracking the traders. Immediately, I called up Arun Sau and told him what Avdhesh had informed me. Arun told me summon all my other team members. Then I called up Mithilesh Prasad Sau, Pramod Sau and Manoj Kumar Sahu. I told Manoj Kumar Sahu to tell Vishal Tiwari.

I picked up Arun Sau from Chhat Talab and headed towards the main road. We reached there in 10-15 mins. We saw that Sahdev Soni, Vishal Tiwari, Mithilesh Sau, Pramod Sau, Manoj Kumar Sahu and Avdhesh Sau were present. (Mithilesh had picked up Sahdev Soni, whom he met on the way).

Avdhesh told all of us that the traders who are transporting the cattle, are a little distance ahead. Then we followed them and intercepted them at Devi Mandap in Jhabar. They were transporting 8 oxen.

Once we caught them, Arun Sau told Mithilesh, Avdhesh, Vishal and Manoj Kumar Sahu to take the 8 oxen towards the jungle. They took them westwards towards the jungle and tied them to trees.”

Name: Pramod Kumar Sau
Age: 28 years

Confession: “Arun Sau made one of the traders, who was a boy, sit behind on the motorcycle and tied his hands. And I was made to sit behind the boy. Manoj Sau made the other sit on his Passion motorcycle, with his hands tied. Sahdev Soni was made to sit behind him holding the trader.

Then all of us went to the kaccha road leading to Pakdi and stopped at Khaprail Bar. Then I, Arun Sau, Sahdev and Manoj Sau thrashed the 2 traders with sticks. Then Arun Sau told us wait, while he goes and gets rope from a nearby village. He returned after 10-15 minutes carrying a rope. He said that ‘these are the people who sell cattle to the Qureshis of Balumath. We will not leave them alive. I will take revenge on them for an old enmity’.

Saying this, Arun Sau took a rope and strangled the 30-32 year old trader (Majloom Ansari) to death. He tied the rope around his neck and hung him from the tree. He order us to climb on the motorcycle and push the body upwards. I, Sahdev Soni and Manoj Sau began pushing the body upwards.

Then Arun Sau hanged the body from the tree. It was made to appear that the cattle trader had hung himself from the tree.

Then Arun Sau strangled the 12-year old cattle trader with a rope. Then he climbed the tree and pulled the boy’s body upwards. He ordered us to push the body upwards. Arun Sau then tied the rope to the tree and it was made to appear that the trader had hung himself. Then I, Arun, Sahdev and Manoj came to Jhabar Road on motorcycle and the other 4 told us that they had tied the cattle to the trees.”

Name: Mithilesh Prasad Sahu alias Bunty
Age: 22

Confession: “Around 5 months back, in October 2015, at Jhabar village, a meeting of some men of the village was called. At the meeting, I was given the responsibility of the area’s Gau Raksha Samiti. I was given the task of countering people involved in cattle trade. On the basis of that mandate, I did what I did.”

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