World

Indian police arrest 8 after mob allegedly beats Muslim farmer to death over beef-eating rumor

  • A relative displays the blood soaked clothes of 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq at his home in Bisara, a village about 45 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the Indian capital of New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Indian police arrested eight people and were searching Wednesday for two more after villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef, a taboo for many among India’s majority Hindu population. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office last year, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales, a key industry for many within India's poor, minority Muslim community. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef are either restricted or banned. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    A relative displays the blood soaked clothes of 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq at his home in Bisara, a village about 45 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the Indian capital of New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Indian police arrested eight people and were searching Wednesday for two more after villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef, a taboo for many among India’s majority Hindu population. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office last year, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales, a key industry for many within India's poor, minority Muslim community. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef are either restricted or banned. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives mourn the killing of 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq at his home in Bisara, a village about 45 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the Indian capital of New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Indian police arrested eight people and were searching Wednesday for two more after villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef, a taboo for many among India’s majority Hindu population. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office last year, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales, a key industry for many within India's poor, minority Muslim community. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef are either restricted or banned. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Relatives mourn the killing of 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq at his home in Bisara, a village about 45 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the Indian capital of New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Indian police arrested eight people and were searching Wednesday for two more after villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef, a taboo for many among India’s majority Hindu population. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office last year, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales, a key industry for many within India's poor, minority Muslim community. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef are either restricted or banned. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives gather at the home of 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq after he was killed in Bisara, a village about 45 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the Indian capital of New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Indian police arrested eight people and were searching Wednesday for two more after villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef, a taboo for many among India’s majority Hindu population. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office last year, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales, a key industry for many within India's poor, minority Muslim community. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef are either restricted or banned. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Relatives gather at the home of 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq after he was killed in Bisara, a village about 45 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the Indian capital of New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Indian police arrested eight people and were searching Wednesday for two more after villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef, a taboo for many among India’s majority Hindu population. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office last year, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales, a key industry for many within India's poor, minority Muslim community. In many Indian states, the slaughtering of cows and selling of beef are either restricted or banned. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

Police have arrested eight people in northern India for allegedly beating a Muslim farmer to death and severely injuring his son after hearing rumors that the family was eating beef — a taboo for many among India's majority Hindu population.

District Magistrate Nagendra Pratap Singh says a mob of about 60 Hindus became incensed when a temple announced that the family had been slaughtering cows and storing the beef in his house in Bisara, a border village in Uttar Pradesh state.

Singh says the mob dragged 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq and his son from their home Monday night and beat them with sticks and bricks. Akhlaq was declared dead at a nearby hospital, while his son was being treated for serious injuries.