According to a police official, authorities in India have detained three individuals in eastern Bihar state in connection with the killing of a Muslim man who was attacked because he was thought to be carrying beef.
Naseem Qureshi, 56, the victim, passed away earlier this week after being beaten by a mob on the grounds that he was carrying beef, which is prohibited from sale and consumption in some areas of the nation by local governments.
According to a police statement read in court, Qureshi was allegedly attacked while being surrounded by more than 20 people.
He passed away on the route to the hospital despite police intervention, the statement said.
Ramchandra Tiwari, head of Rasulpur police station in Bihar, where the crime took place, told Reuters news agency by phone on Saturday that three people were arrested.
Cows are sacred in Hinduism, and there have been frequent attacks on those accused of killing them for meat or leather, predominantly people from the minority Muslim population or those on the lower rungs of India’s ancient caste system.
Hardline Hindu groups have been demanding a complete ban on cow slaughter across India.
Self-styled Hindu cow vigilante groups have taken to enforcing the law themselves ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014.
Bihar is currently ruled by a regional party, and Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party sits in the opposition.