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World 2 Muslim men killed by mob over cow theft charges in India

21:03  01 may  2017
21:03  01 may  2017 Source:   ap.org

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GAUHATI, India (AP) — Two Muslim men were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India over allegations of cow theft , the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country, police officials said Monday. Senior Assam state police official Mukesh Aggarwal said police have filed a criminal

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Relatives of Abu Hanif, who was beaten to death by a mob on Sunday night, wail during his funeral in Naramari village, about 140 kilometers east of Gauhati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, May 1, 2017. Two Muslim men, including Hanif, were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India over allegations of cow theft, the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country, police officials said Monday. Human Rights Watch said in a report last week that since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office at least 10 Muslims, including a 12-year-old boy, have been killed in mob attacks in seven separate incidents related to allegations over cows. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) © The Associated Press Relatives of Abu Hanif, who was beaten to death by a mob on Sunday night, wail during his funeral in Naramari village, about 140 kilometers east of Gauhati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, May 1, 2017. Two Muslim men, including Hanif, were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India over allegations of cow theft, the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country, police officials said Monday. Human Rights Watch said in a report last week that since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office at least 10 Muslims, including a 12-year-old boy, have been killed in mob attacks in seven separate incidents related to allegations over cows. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

GAUHATI, India — Two Muslim men were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India over allegations of cow theft, the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country, police officials said Monday.

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(2 May 2017) Two Muslim men were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India on Sunday over allegations of cow theft , according to police officials.

Two Muslim men were beaten to death by Indian villagers who suspected them of stealing cows , police said on Monday. It is the latest in a series of attacks over the animals, which are considered sacred by Hindus. Police in Nagaon district, in Assam state in the country’s north-east, said they had

Senior Assam state police official Mukesh Aggarwal said police have filed a criminal complaint and are trying to identify the members of the mob, but no arrests have been made so far.

The attack took place Sunday in a village in Nagon district , 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of the state capital, Gauhati, when a mob accused the two men of trying to steal cows and began beating them with sticks and rocks.

Police in the district said that by the time they reached the scene the men were already in critical condition, and were declared dead at a hospital.

This is the third cow-related death in the country in the past month. On April 1, Pehlu Khan, a Muslim cattle trader, was lynched by a mob in the western state of Rajasthan as he transported cattle he had bought at an animal fair back to his home state of Haryana. Khan and his family were small dairy farmers.

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NEW DELHI — A 52-year-old Muslim man died this week after he was beaten with bricks and sticks by a mob in a village outside New Delhi in response to rumors that he had slaughtered a cow and eaten beef.

(2 May 2017) Two Muslim men were beaten to death by a mob in northeastern India on Sunday over allegations of cow theft , according to police officials. The attack is the latest in a series of similar attacks across the country. Police have filed a criminal complaint and are trying to identify the

The rise in cow-related lynchings and beatings began after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was voted to power in a landslide victory in 2014. Most of the attacks have been attributed to local Hindu radical groups.

Human Rights Watch said in a report last week that since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office at least 10 Muslims, including a 12-year-old boy, have been killed in mob attacks in seven separate incidents related to allegations over cows.

Hindus, who form 80 percent of India's 1.3 billion people, consider cows to be sacred, and for many eating beef is taboo. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef is restricted or banned.

Over the last two years vigilante groups, who call themselves cow protectors, have become active in small towns and cities across India. Even lower caste Hindus, who usually carry out undesirable tasks such as skinning dead cattle, have faced mob violence.

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