Indian police: Mob kills Muslim man who was transporting cow

Indian police: Mob kills Muslim man who was transporting cow

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NEW DELHI — A Muslim man beaten by a mob who accused him of transporting cows for slaughter has died in western India, police said Wednesday, in the latest incidence of violence by Hindu vigilante groups enraged over the treatment of the animal they consider sacred.

Pehlu Khan died late Tuesday of injuries sustained when he and 14 other men were brutally beaten three days earlier in Rajasthan state, police said.

Hindus, who form 80 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion population, consider cows to be sacred and for many eating beef is taboo. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef is either restricted or banned.

The men had bought the dairy cows at a cattle fair and were taking them home in neighbouring Haryana state when the mob stopped the trucks, pulled out the men and beat them up, said the duty officer at the police control room in Behror town, where Saturday’s attack took place.

Indian television channels broadcast video of the men being beaten with sticks and iron rods. One of the truck drivers, a Hindu, was let go by the mob, but was warned not to transport cattle in his truck.

No arrests have been made, the police officer said. He was speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office in 2014, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales — a key industry for many within India’s poor, minority Muslim community. There has also been a sharp rise in the activities of self-styled Hindu cow-protection groups that stop trucks on highways and attack anyone transporting bovine animals.

Rumours of beef-eating by India’s Muslim minority have sparked violence in several places in northern India. Nearly two years ago, a man was beaten to death by a mob over rumours his family had eaten beef, and two others were killed for allegedly transporting cows for slaughter.

Nirmala George, The Associated Press

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