A Muslim farmworker has been dragged from his home in an Indian village and beaten to death by an angry mob after rumours were spread that his family had been eating beef and storing the meat in their home.
The attack — which occurred late on Monday in a community just 45km from New Delhi and left the man's 22-year-old son critically injured — is the latest in a series of vigilante attacks against people in India suspected of involvement in the transport and slaughter of cattle.
It reflects the increasingly febrile environment over cows in India, where many devout Hindus revere the animals as near-deities but religious minorities such as Muslims and Christians treat beef as a source of inexpensive protein.
Cow slaughter has always been a sensitive and sometimes incendiary issue, and has sometimes triggered communal conflagrations. Many Indian states have bans on killing the animals, and mob attacks on those suspected of killing cows are not unknown.
But under the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has himself bemoaned India's surging meat exports, rhetoric over the need for stronger protection of cows has grown more heated.