The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday admitted that a youth in Bareilly district was lynched to death by a mob after they suspected that he wast trying to steal their buffaloes, hours after they had claimed that he died due to a drug overdose. The youth had recently returned from Dubai, where he had worked in an embroidery unit.The police was forced to backtrack on their version after the post-mortem report contradicted their claim and revealed that the youth had died of internal injuries. The youth, identified as Shahrukh Khan, died on Wednesday morning after he was allegedly thrashed by a mob in Bholapur Hindoliya village in Cantonment area of Bareilly. According to the police, Shahrukh along with three friends had gone to the village early on Wednesday, with the intention of stealing buffaloes. “They were running away with the buffaloes when the villagers chased them. While three persons managed to escape, the fourth (Shahrukh) was caught by the villagers, who handed him over to the dial 100 police services,”said Abhinandan, SP city Bareilly. The youth was allegedly thrashed by the villagers following which the police took him to the district hospital where he succumbed the next morning. Initially, the officer had claimed that the youth, who he said was a “habitual drug” abuser, had died due to an overdose. Based on the panchayatnama report, Mr. Abhinandan had said that Shahrukh did not have external injuries on his body and as per doctors he “had consumed something due to which he died.” However, the autopsy report contradicted the police claim and revealed that Shahrukh had received serious injuries to his kidneys and liver, and did not show an overdose of substance. Mr. Abhinandan confirmed to The Hindu that Shahrukh had died due to the mob lynching. “The post-mortem showed that he had some internal injuries because of which he died. The injuries were suffered due to the assault,” Mr. Abhinandan said.Shahrukh’s brother Firoz Khan, however, dismissed the police allegation that his brother had gone to the village to steal buffaloes. He alleged that the three youths he was with took him to the village and fed him some tablets.