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His family reportedly never carried out sacrifices on Bakri-Eid to avoid any confrontation with other villagers, but on Monday night a mob surrounded the house of Mohammad Akhlaq in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri area and beat him to death over a rumour that his family was consuming cow meat.

Horror Story: Mob kills elderly man, assaults his son over rumour they were eating beef

We never carried out sacrifices on Bakri-Eid to avoid any confrontation with other villagers.

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Dadri Mumbai:

His family reportedly never carried out sacrifices on Bakri-Eid to avoid any confrontation with other villagers, but on Monday night a mob surrounded the house of Mohammad Akhlaq in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri area and beat him to death over a rumour that his family was consuming cow meat.

The mob surrounded 50-year-old Akhlaq’s home accusing him of eating cow meat, broke down the doors, dragged him and his son out of their home and beat them with bricks, his daughter Sajida told the Indian Express. 

The mob dragged her brother into the courtyard where they continued to beat him and some people also assaulted her grandmother and molested her, she said.

As per the rumour, the remains of a calf that had allegedly gone missing on 16 September were found near Akhlaq’s home. Akhlaq was allegedly seen throwing a bag containing meat and villagers claimed that it was from the missing calf.

Kiran S, the SSP of Dadri told NDTV that the police had arrived at the site of the incident after reports of mob violence and had taken Akhlaq and his son to a hospital in Noida. But Akhlaq, a farm worker, succumbed to his injuries, he said. His son is reportedly in critical condition.

He confirmed that the preliminary reason for the attack seemed to be the fact that rumours had been spread about the family consuming cow meat. Kiran told the Indian Express that as per their investigations a group of persons had made the public announcement at the temple after which the mob attacked Akhlaq’s home.

“The family has been living there for 30-35 years and they had are very few relatives in that area. We are trying to figure out how the rumour began,” he told the channel.

He said that the family was conscious about the area they lived in and avoided making any animal sacrifice during Bakri-Eid.

“The family said that they would obtain meat from their relatives in Ghaziabad,” he said.

Strangely, the police has sent the meat recovered from the family’s home to the Forensic Science Laboratory to verify what meat it was. This despite the fact that Uttar Pradesh isn’t among the states that has banned the slaughter or sale of beef. Akhlaq’s daughter, Sajida, told the Indian Express that the meat the family had in the fridge was mutton.

Kiran said that the police has registered an FIR in which they have named 10 persons and they have made six arrests so far. While some claimed that among those arrested were the temple priest and an aide, the police told the Indian Express that the priest had been released.

The Indian Express also reported that the arrests had sparked protests in the area that resulted in damage to vehicles and the police reportedly had to resort to firing to control them. One person was reportedly injured in the firing.

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18 comments

  1. i have a simple question.
    if the report was correct and even if the area had officially banned slaughtering bovine, how can the people take such actions when the country says its secular.does that mean whenever there is an issue regardless of the faith be it Muslim,christian and Hindu people have got the license to kill anyone. pity on you the secular government of India.

    • right to religion as i was taught in my childhood is being slammed to pieces these days. i am afraid if this trail continues the face of Secular India can turn into very ugly oppressed state

  2. See the height of idiocy knowing that the meat had been brought from UP Ghaziabad. Despite the fact that Uttar Pradesh isn’t among the states that has banned the slaughter or sale of beef still Police has sent meat for forensic laboratory to check Wheather it is beef or not. The life of a human being has no value in India over an animal.

  3. Shame for India . Democracy is in shsmbles due to these hindu fanatics. Democracy is at its lowest web in India due to wrong policies of the govt backed by RSS agenda. If the govt does not feel the pinch and nip evil in the bud, the country is definitly going to disintegrate in near future.

    • I think u could not understand the meaning of Indian democracy till date : It is democracy off the people, buy the people far the people.

  4. I am an Indian and I have the right to eat what I want. Nowhere in the Hindu texts does it say that beef cannot be eaten. How pathetic is it that some uneducated people run the country full of educated masses and we actually vote for them to rule over us. Stop being ignorant people.

  5. shame ..i am short of words to express this inhuman act all i can say is SHAME

  6. Iam in complete agreement that its an inhuman act and people who did this must be punished. Its another face of India’s new diplomacy and we know the aspiration behind it. I dun wanna blame anyone as its not the first case many more had been registred and did anyone as

  7. its very shame . i m very sad to know this accident . this is not right way.
    Again Shameful

  8. I am a secular Indian, and I have the right to eat what I want. Nowhere in the Hindu texts does it say that human meat cannot be eaten. How pathetic is it that some uneducated people can eat a cow and i am not allow to eat a human, which is an animal.??? violence begets violence, belated happy world vegetarian day.

    • Oh its so wrong to eat a cow…so kill everyone who its it…and propogate vegetarianism…killing animals for eating is wrong where as killing humans for fun is right…ans be proud that u dont “hurt’ animals…just kill human beings

    • Who defined Humans are animals? Maybe you are but don’t talk about others.

  9. Do we eat what the nighber likes?
    Let us ponder over this. Let us remember
    Great saying ‘one man’s food is another man’s poison’.
    Whether we need peission from nighber ?
    Pl leave it to individual taste.
    What has happened is really horrible.

  10. Though i do not encourage what people did, just try slaughtering or eating a pig in pakistan or dubai or gulf……and you will know what will be reaction of people there.

    We indians are much tolerant people except for few incidents like above .

  11. All our hindu brothers must read their scriptures such as vedas, upanishads etc. They will realize that eating beef or mutton is not at all prohibited.How can god keep shitting here and there. Why our brothers do not understand that animals are creation of one Almighty God. Some animals are created to eat and some to be eaten. Even plants have life. They breath and feel pain if we pluck them off. In that context our all vegeterian brothers should stop eating vegetables immediately and do Yoga to please Murderer Modi.l

  12. Punish all the 200 ppl who lynched the poor man. The fault is not just with the ones who provoked,the ones who got provoked are equally guilty of the crime.

  13. आज अखलाख भाई हैं कल हम में से कोई होगा। इतना याद रखो हिन्दुस्तान के मुसलमानो अगर हम में खौफ खुदा ना होगा तो हमे हमेशा दुनिया का खौफ होगा

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