In­dian man lynched over beef ru­mours

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

A 50-year-old man in north­ern In­dia has been killed in a mob lynch­ing al­legedly over ru­mours that his fam­ily had been stor­ing and con­sum­ing beef at home.

Mo­ham­mad Akhlaq was kicked and beaten with stones by a group of men in Dadri in Ut­tar Pradesh state on Mon­day night.

Mr Akhlaq’s 22-year-old son was also se­ri­ously in­jured in the at­tack, and has been ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal.

Six peo­ple have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent. Po­lice are prob­ing who spread the ru­mour.

Slaugh­ter of cows is a sen­si­tive is­sue in In­dia as the an­i­mal is con­sid­ered sa­cred by Hin­dus, who com­prise 80% of the coun­try’s 1.2bn peo­ple.

Ut­tar Pradesh is among a num­ber of In­dian states who have tight­ened laws ban­ning cow slaugh­ter and the sale and con­sump­tion of beef.

The beef ban has also pro­voked out­rage with many ques­tion­ing how the gov­ern­ment de­cides what is on their plate.

Mr Akhlaq’s fam­ily said the fam­ily had stored mut­ton, and not beef in their fridge. The po­lice have taken the meat and sent it for test­ing, re­ports said.

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