Hindu mob kills Muslim, injures 4 accused of smuggling cows for slaughter, Indian police say

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Police in northern India say a village mob beat one Muslim to death with sticks and injured four others who were accused of smuggling cows in a truck to be slaughtered for beef.

Hard-line Hindus have been trying to force a national ban on cow slaughter, triggering mob violence. A Muslim man was lynched in Uttar Pradesh state last month over false rumors his family had eaten beef for dinner.

Hindus worship cows as a sacred animal and some states ban slaughtering them.

Police officer Somya Sambhasivam said Friday police were searching for villagers who fled after the attack Wednesday on the four Muslims in Sarahan, a village in Himachal Pradesh state. The area is nearly 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of New Delhi.