An Indian based Muslim man and his son were mobbed by a group of angry locals after a word got out that they had consumed beef, in India.
According to AFP report Mohamed Akhlaq and his son were dragged out of their home and stoned by almost 100 people in the country’s capital.
“When our team reached the spot a crowd was there outside his house. They [police] managed to rescue him and take him to the hospital, but his life could not be saved,” said senior police superintendent Kiran S.
“We have arrested six people and deployed additional personnel to contain any further repercussions.” Said police spokes person.
His 22 year old son is in a nearby hospital and his condition is serious, the report states.
Killing cows is banned in many states of India, a majority-Hindu country that also has sizeable Muslim, Christian and Buddhist minorities.
The rumours that the family had eaten been began when a calf was reported missing in Dadri village, 35km from New Delhi.
“An announcement about the family consuming beef was made at a temple, after which the mob descended on the man’s house,” said Kiran.
The Indian Express quoted Akhlaq’s daughter Sajida as saying the family had mutton in the fridge and not beef.
“They accused us of keeping cow meat, broke down our doors and started beating my father and brother. My father was dragged outside and beaten with bricks,” she told the daily