Mob kills Indian Muslim over beef eating rumours: police

By AFP
Published: September 30, 2015
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NEW DELHI: Indian police said on Wednesday they had arrested six people after a 50-year-old Muslim man was beaten to death over rumours he had eaten beef, a taboo in the Hindu-majority nation.

Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house on the outskirts of the capital and attacked by around 100 people on Monday night, a police officer told AFP.

“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.

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“We have arrested six people and deployed additional personnel to contain any further repercussions.”

Akhlaq’s 22-year-old son was also seriously injured in the attack and was in intensive care at a nearby hospital.

Killing cows is banned in many states of India, a majority-Hindu country that also has sizeable Muslim, Christian and Buddhist minorities.

In March, the state of Maharashtra toughened its ban to make even possessing beef illegal, a move seen by religious minorities as a sign of the growing power of hardline Hindus since nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.

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The rumours that the family had eaten beef began when a calf was reported missing in Dadri village, 35 kilometres 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.

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“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.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Amer
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:40AM

    Incredible India ! Thank you Quaid-e-Azam ! Recommend

  • Hyder
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:40AM

    Alhamdulillah, we are blessed with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:43AM

    So … where are the Indian trolls who are spending day and night on Pakistan blogs / papers. First clean your backyard and then look around. In Pakistan , every minor incident gets reported. Once an Indian friend told me that in India , the issues covered by newspapers are just a tip of iceberg.Recommend

  • ETisAnother ZaidHamid
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:45AM

    @ET, Do anyone believe you?
    Many Hindus also eat Beef in India.. Recommend

  • Saud Usmani
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:45AM

    This is “Two Nations Theory” in practice, this is what Jinnah Sahab was trying to make us realize. And may be an eye opener for so called pseudo intellects supporting “amman ki asha” kind of crap. Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:53AM

    Liberal democracy in India is shining all over :)Recommend

  • Dajjal
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:57AM

    Its not just in the arms race, Economic Benefits and territory that India and Pakistan are competing in… its also in How insane and illiterate can your population be at a moments notice.Recommend

  • pk
    Sep 30, 2015 - 1:30PM

    According to me the most shocking development is spread of hatred through loudspeakers in temple. Till today only Mosque used to spread hatred through loudspeaker. We have to beat this monster till it is in infancy.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Sep 30, 2015 - 2:38PM

    I am an Indian and I am Hindu and I condemn this inhuman killing. All accused must be prosecuted under NSA act instead of under normal sections. If anybody was offended by anyway then he/she should have taken the legal way to prosecute, what is done here is barbaric and dangerous for liberal Indian society.Recommend

  • Muhammad Nadeem
    Sep 30, 2015 - 4:24PM

    Modi is a modern day Frankenstein as he is only known terrorist who admitted killing 10000 people(both Christians and muslims) and still got elected as PM……what a sad day for global universal human rights….he is damn monster…Its gona be modi who is gona set India on fire and that how 32 new states are gona come into existence when india breaks and dismembers soon INSHA-ALLAH…..Recommend

  • ali
    Sep 30, 2015 - 4:56PM

    You guys separated that’s why we facing the problems in india…if not separated then we will be 50 crores in india…[email protected]:Recommend

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