- Announced at Temple that Mohammad Akhlaq’s family had eaten beef
- 100-strong angry mob hauled 50-year-old from his home in Dadri, India
- Akhlaq died of his injuries and 22-year-old son left seriously injured
- Daughter later revealed the family had eaten mutton and not beef
A Muslim father was beaten to death with bricks by an angry Indian mob after rumours circulated that his family had eaten beef. Mohammad Akhlaq was hauled from his home in the village of Dadri and set upon by around 100 people. The 50-year-old was pulled from the clutches of the baying gang alive, but later died in hospital of his injuries.
His 22-year-old son was also seriously injured in the attack and remains in intensive care. Mr Akhlaq’s devastated daughter later revealed the family had eaten mutton and not beef. Six people have been arrested in connection with the death, which took place around 35 miles from New Delhi. ‘When our team reached the spot a crowd was there outside his house,’ said senior police superintendent Kiran S.
‘They (police) managed to rescue him and take him to hospital but his life could not be saved. ‘We have arrested six people and deployed additional personnel to contain any further repercussions.’
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.
The rumours that the family had eaten beef began when a calf was reported missing in Dadri village. ‘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.
The meat has now reportedly been sent off for testing. ‘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 newspaper.