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Police in India's Jharkhand state are investigating a case of mob lynching in which a man accused of killing his wife was beaten to death by angry villagers - Representational image Danish Ismail/reuters

A man in the northern Indian state of Jharkhand was lynched for allegedly killing his wife. He was attacked by a group of villagers while trying to flee the place following the murder.

The victim, Asadul, had allegedly colluded with his elder brother and killed Shaili Bibi on Sunday (2 July) in Jamnagar village in Jharkhand's Sahibganj district.

The two brothers were already facing charges in another murder case. They were accused of killing Bibi's brother Saddam in July 2015. Saddam was reportedly against Asadul and Bibi's marriage.

The accused brothers wanted Bibi to mediate in the 2015 murder case and get them released, which she refused.

Asadul's brother managed to flee the scene and is absconding. Police have sent the couple's body for postmortem and were investigating the case, the Hindustan Times reported.

There has been a spate of incidents of mob lynching across India, with Jharkhand alone witnessing three to four incidents in the past two weeks.

A man, Asgar Ali, was killed by a mob near Bazartand area in Ramgarh district on suspicion of being a beef trader. Sale of beef has been banned in several states in the Hindu-majority country as cow is considered sacred in the Hindu religion.

Another man, accused of raping and then killing a seven-year-old girl, was also beaten to death by a mob in the state's Dumka district.

Elsewhere, a police officer in Jammu and Kashmir was stripped and beaten to death by angry worshippers when they spotted him clicking pictures of people coming out of a mosque in Srinagar. The officer was on special duty to protect civilians from any untoward incident during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The incident was widely condemned by all political parties and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned people of the consequences of violence against police and security forces.

In another recent incident, in West Bengal, a mentally disabled woman was stripped and tied to a tractor before being mercilessly beaten to death by some villagers who suspected her to be a child trafficker. A video of the brutal assault has gone viral and police are trying to identify the culprits.