Police in central India, on Sunday reported the death of one, Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old Muslim tailor allegedly beaten to death by a mob for killing a cow.
Local police official Arvind Tiwari, who confirmed the incident said Khan, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at the scene of attack.
Tiwari disclosed that meat and a bull carcass were found at the scene, and that investigations were ongoing.
“We have arrested four people, and they have been sent to judicial custody. We are investigating what prompted the attack,” Tiwari said.
It was also reported that Kahn’s friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, sustained critical injuries and was admitted to hospital.
For Hindus, cows are sacred and slaughtering the animals, or possessing or consuming beef, is banned in most Indian states.
In Madhya Pradesh, cow slaughter carries a maximum seven-year jail term but many other parts of India impose life sentences for infringements.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised to completely outlaw cow slaughter in India.
On the other hand, the right-wing Hindu BJP has been accused of turning a blind eye to a rising number of vigilante attacks in the name of cow protection.
In similar 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.