Indian mob beats two Muslims with death for the alleged theft of a cow

Beaten by two Muslim men to death residents, the cows suspected of stealing it, were from the Indian village, the police said on Monday. It is the latest in a series of attacks on the animals, considered sacred by Hindus.

The police in Nagaon district in Assam state in the country to the North-East, said they had registered a murder over the death of Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin Ali on Sunday. Two people were detained for questioning.

“They were chased and beaten with sticks by the villagers, the attempted said the two young men to steal cows from their grazing field,” said Debaraj Upadhyay, Nagaon chief police officer.

“By the time we took her to the hospital in the night, she had succumbed to his injuries,” he added.

Footage of local witnesses and broadcast of Indian channels on Monday showed the two badly beaten victims cowers bound with their hands, such as villagers that surround it.

The incident occurred amid rising tensions over the killing and smuggling of cows in the Hindu-majority India where their slaughter is a crime in many States.

It is a series of raids in the last months of the “cow-protection” vigilante groups that roam the highways inspection animal Transporter for any trace of the animal.

Last month, a Muslim man was beaten to death by a mob in Rajasthan after they discovered the cows in his truck. The man was a dairy farmer was the Transport of the milk from the cows.

To failure In two, that this incident and Sunday to beat the mob and the police have been accused of, fast enough to act to protect the victims.

In the Rajasthan attack, in which 200 citizens ‘ militia on trucks that transporting cattle along a highway, police initially arrested, 11 of whom, beaten for the alleged permit violations instead of rounding up to the offender.

Upadhyay rejected suggestions that police had reacted too slow on Sunday to the incident, said his officers saved the couple and rushed them to the hospital.

He also dismissed speculation that a member of a vigilante group was involved in the attack.

Critics say that the vigilantes were encouraged by the victory of Narendra modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party, was Prime Minister in the year 2014.

In the last year modes the cow protection Ombudsman criticized the military and called for tough action against groups that commit to the religion as a cover for crime.

At least 10 Muslim men were killed in similar incidents throughout the country by Hindu mobs on the suspicion of the consumption of beef or smuggling cows in the last two years.

Most of the Indian States banned the slaughter of cows and imposed heavy penalties and imprisonment sentences for the perpetrators, while the Transport of cattle across state lines is also excluded in some areas.

In a new attempt to protect against smuggling, the government is planning the expenditure of millions of cows with unique identification numbers linked to a national database.