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Mohammad Akhlaq; 52 years old was beaten to death Monday night using bricks and sticks. Perpetrators were allegedly a mob who was determined to kill Mohammad after they heard rumors that their family has been slaughtering cow and eat beef. Such practice is considered to be a taboo by majority of Indian residents.

“The mob consists of 60 Hindus and they were furious upon hearing at the temple that Mohammad and his family is killing cows for consumption and stores it in their house at Bisara”, District Magistrate Negendra Pratap Singh said. The said killing caused Indian police to arrest 8 suspects. However, they are still looking for 2 more.

Mohammad was pulled together with his son away from their home Monday night, eventually being beaten by bricks ad sticks. Mohammad did not survive in the incident but his son survived and is now treated for some serious injuries.

Hindus treat cows as sacred. In fact, they worship them. This explains why the mob was so mad to Mohammad Akhlaq and his family. However, Shashi Tharoor; an opposition lawmaker tweeted that such killing due to meat bigotry is way too much. “Indians are supposed to have the freedom to eat according to their own preferences”, he added.