efe-epaNew Delhi

Four people have been arrested for lynching two men they accused of stealing 13 buffaloes in a village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the police told EFE on Thursday.

A mob, including the owner of the cattle, had lynched the two young men on Wednesday in the Godda district and beat them to death, according to Akhilesh Kumar Jha, the Deputy Inspector General of police for the area.

Jha said when the police arrived on the spot, around 4 kilometers from the village, they found the two men - who died on their way to the hospital - to be injured.

A year ago, thousands of Indian activists, writers, opposition politicians from different parties had held a number of protests against rising mob lynchings in different places in the country.

The "Not in my name," protests had denounced a series of lynchings that took place in 2017, including the killing of a 15-year-old Muslim youth in a train over a seat and the murder of a police officer in a mosque in Kashmir.