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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.
"Some locals spread rumours that Akhlaq had cow meat at his home and engaged in cow slaughter. Following the rumours, they attacked his home," senior local official NP Singh told The Indian Express newspaper.
originally posted by: neo96
I don't trust anyone who won't eat and burger or a steak.
That include vegans, and Hindus.
Getting hung, and stoned over it's just as stupid as what other people do when they go around stoning people for adultery, and cutting heads off because their 'god' says it was ok.
Just for that .
Think I am gonna eat a steak, and defy the gods.
originally posted by: blacktie
its not like they were eating dog or cat it was a cow (beef) sure it will be discussed a lot in Indian media you can bet on it