A Muslim man in India was killed by a mob after he was suspected of carrying beef. The police arrested 3 people in connection with the victim’s death. Photo/REUTERS
NEW DELHI – A Muslim man in India was killed by a mob after being suspected of carrying beef. The local police on Saturday (11/3/2023) announced that three people had been arrested in connection with the victim’s death.
This mass riot occurred earlier this week in eastern Bihar. The victim, Naseem Qureshi, 56, died after being attacked by a mob on suspicion of transporting beef, whose sale and consumption has been restricted in several parts of the country by the government.
According to police statements presented to the court, Qureshi was allegedly surrounded by more than 20 people and attacked.
The police intervened but the victim died on the way to the hospital.
Ramchandra Tiwari, the head of the Rasulpur Police Station in Bihar, where the crime occurred, told Reuters news agency by telephone that three people had been arrested.
Just to note, the cow is a sacred animal in Hindu belief. In India there are frequent attacks on those accused of slaughtering the animal for its meat or skin. Most of those targeted were Muslim minorities or those under India’s ancient caste system.
Hardline Hindu groups have demanded a total ban on the slaughter of cows across India.
Hindu cow keepers, an unofficial group, have also sought to enforce the law themselves since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014.
Bihar is currently ruled by a regional party, and Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party sits in the opposition.
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