Indian Farmer Lynched Over Alleged Beef Hoarding

Credit to Harini Calamur (Flickr)

Credit to Harini Calamur (Flickr)

A 50-year-old Indian man has been killed by a local mob over rumours that he had been consuming and storing beef alongside his family in their home in Uttar Pradesh state.

The mob is said to have kicked and stoned the farmer to death, also attacking his 22-year-old son, who was admitted to hospital and is said to be in a critical condition. Police have arrested six men in connection with the deaths, and are working with the community to make further arrests in relation to who spread the rumour.

The slaughtering of cows is deemed highly sacrilegious among Hindus, who make up around 80% of the Indian population. A number of states, including Uttar Pradesh, have recently tightened up laws prohibiting the slaughter of cows, drawing outrage from some of the local community as they believe the government should not have a say over what they choose to eat.

The family of the victim, Mohammad Akhlaq, claim that they stored mutton, and not beef in their fridge. Police are said to have taken samples of the meat and sent them away for testing.

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