A Muslim man has been beaten to death over rumours he had been eating and storing beef at his home in northern India.
Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, was dragged from his house and kicked and beaten by a group of around 100 people on Monday night, it is reported.
Senior police superintendent Kiran S 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.”
Six people have been arrested in connection with the attack and police are investigating how the rumours began.
Akhlaq’s teenage daughter Sajda told the Indian Express: “There was some mutton in the fridge which was taken away yesterday. They thought it was beef. The police have taken it for examination.
“If the results prove that it was not beef, will they bring back my dead father?”
The BBC points out the slaughter of cows in India is taboo as the animal is considered sacred by Hindus who comprise 80% of the country’s 1.2bn people.
It adds Uttar Pradesh is among a number of Indian states where laws banning cow slaughter and the sale and consumption of beef have been tightened.