Friday 23 June 2017

Three arrested by police probing death of Muslim man transporting cows in India

Hindus consider cows to be sacred (AP/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Hindus consider cows to be sacred (AP/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Three Hindus suspected of beating to death a Muslim man in India who they accused of transporting cows for slaughter have been arrested.

Fifteen Muslims were brutally beaten on Saturday in Rajasthan state in the latest violence by Hindu vigilante groups over the treatment of cows, which Hindus consider sacred.

One man later died of his injuries.

Police said the animals were dairy cows that the men had purchased at a cattle fair.

Police officer Rahul Prakash said that three suspects were arrested on Wednesday night and six others were being sought by police.

Hindus account for 80% of India's 1.3 billion population. In many Indian states, including Rajasthan, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef is banned.

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