Imphal: A headmaster of a government primary madrassa was lynched in Manipur over allegations of calf theft.

The body of the headmaster was found at Keirao Makating village in Manipur's Imphal East district early on Monday, the police said.

Fifty five years old M. Hasmad Ali's body was found five km away from his house.

A mob had beaten him to death after he was seen with a calf that was missing from the shed of one of the villagers.

Ali's body is waiting for autopsy at an Imphal hospital while the calf is in custody of the Irilbung police station.

Sources alleged that Ali was killed on the allegation of the theft of the calf. The incident has caused some discomfort to the Congress-ruled state government.

Following the recovery of the body, a large number of residents of Keirao Makting village stormed the Irilbung police station demanding arrest of the culprits, the police said.

A Muslim organization has refused to bury the body of the madrassa headmaster and has called for the Centre's intervention in the matter. The organization has called for a state-wide bandh on Thursday.

"Ali, a kind-hearted and honest teacher, was killed after being accused of a crime he could not have committed. The police know who his assailants are but are not taking action. We will not take his body from JNIMS for burial until justice is done," Md Rajauddin, convenor of a joint action committee against Ali's killing, told the Hindustan Times.

Courtesy The Times of India