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Police in India suspended after lynching of Muslim man

September 17, 2018

IMPHAL, India (AP) — Four Indian policemen have been suspended after a video on social media showed them failing to help the victim of a mob lynching.

Authorities say the officers were suspended on Sunday, three days after a mob beat a Muslim business-school graduate to death near Imphal, the capital of Manipur in northeastern India. The video shows police standing around the man as he lay in a field.

Imphal police official Jogeshchandra Haobijam says five suspected attackers have been arrested.

Police in western India came under fire in July for failing to help a Muslim cattle trader who had been severely beaten by a mob of Hindu villagers. The man later died.

Such attacks have been on the rise in India since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party took power in 2014.

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