New Delhi (UNA-OIC) � A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said on Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus.
Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state on early Friday and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari told AFP.
Kahn's friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, was admitted to hospital with critical injuries.
As details of the violent assault emerged at the weekend, 400 additional police were deployed to the district late on Saturday as inquiries widened, the Press Trust of India reported.
Police said four people were arrested and investigations were underway to find out what prompted the attack. It added that meat and a bull carcass was found at the scene, but did not elaborate, as investigations were ongoing.
Hindus consider cows sacred and slaughtering the animals, or possessing or consuming beef, is banned in most Indian states. Cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh carries a maximum seven-year jail term but many other parts of India impose life sentences for infringements.
In two prominent cases last year, a dairy farmer was killed on a roadside for transporting cows and a Muslim teenager accused of carrying beef was stabbed to death on a crowded train.
India has about 154 million Muslims (14 percent of the population); making India the home to the world's largest Muslim minority.
Source: International Islamic News Agency