Angry mob kill man and injure son over 'rumours' they ate beef
A 50-year-old man was brutally beaten to death and his son was severely injured on Monday night by a mob in the Indian region of Dadri after rumours circulated that the family were consuming beef.
The attack on Mohammad Akhlaq and his son Danish Akhlaq (22) sparked protests that lead to police opening fire to disperse the crowd.
The cow remains a protected animal in Hinduism today and Hindus do not eat beef in accordance with their religion.
Six people have been arrested in connection with the attack which took place approximately 45 km from Delhi.
The Indian Express reports that police confirmed that they sent samples of meat taken from Akhlaq’s home “to the forensics department for examination”.
Akhlaq’s daughter, Sajida, said the family had “mutton in the fridge” and not beef.
The attack on Akhlaq and his family took place around 10 pm in after an announcement about the family consuming beef was allegedly made at a local temple, police said.
According to Sajida, Akhlaq’s 18-year-old daughter who was in the house when the attack took place, “a group of more than 100 people from the village” reached the house that night.
Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh said police have been deployed in the area and “as of now, the situation is under control”.