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Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan on Friday said Muslims who stayed in Indian during partition because of the promises made by the founding fathers of the country are now being punished. 
Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan on Friday said Muslims who stayed in Indian during partition because of the promises made by the founding fathers of the country are now being punished. 
Speaking on the mob lynching of three men in Bihar's Saran district over alleged attempt to steal cattle, the Rampur MP said, "It is the punishment Muslims are getting after 1947. Muslims will face it whatever may it be."
 
"Why didn’t our ancestors go to Pakistan? Ask this to Maulana Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Bapu. They had made promises to Muslims," Khan, known for his controversial statements, said. 
 
Three men, identified as Raju Nat, Bides Nat and Naushad Qureshi, were attacked by a mob at Pithauri village within Baniapur police station limits of Saran.
 
The mob accused them of trying to steal a buffalo tied to a peg and attacked them. Two of them died on the spot, while another succumbed to injuries on way to hospital, Superintendent of Police Har Kishore Rai said.
 
He also said two-three people have been picked up for interrogation but refused to divulge further details.
 
Deputy SP Ajay Kumar Singh rushed to the village where a clash erupted between the alleged attackers and the family members of the deceased who claimed the trio had gone out to relieve themselves when they were beaten to death on a false allegation.
 
Singh said the incident was not a case of "of mob lynching which we get to hear about."
 
"We can say it with certainty that this is not one of those incidents of mob lynching which we get to hear about. The cattle allegedly being stolen was a buffalo. The attackers and the attacked belonged to the same social groups.
 
The attackers will be identified and booked for taking law into their own hands," Singh told reporters.
 
Heavy deployment of police was in place at the village to keep the situation under control while people from both sides were at Baniapur police station insisting on lodging cross complaints.
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