Indian police Saturday said one person has
been arrested after a mob stabbed a Muslim
teenager to death on suspicion of carrying beef,
an offence in many parts of the Hindu-majority
Cows are revered by Hindus and slaughtering
them as well as possession or consumption of
beef is banned in most Indian states, with some
imposing life sentences for breaking the law.
Junaid Khan, 15, was travelling from New Delhi
on Friday with three of his brothers when a
fight erupted over seats.
Between 15 and 20 men pulled out knives and
set upon the brothers while making anti-
Muslim comments and insisting one of the
packets they were carrying contained beef.
While Khan was stabbed to death, his brother
Shakir sustained injuries on the throat, chest
and hands, police said.
“The fight started over seats. We are looking
into the matter and we have arrested one of
the accused who is a 35-year-old old man from
(northern state of) Haryana,” Ajay Kumar, a
government railway police official told AFP.
Khan’s brother Hassem told reporters the mob
ignored their repeated pleas that they were not
carrying any beef.
“They were pointing at a packet which had
food and saying we should not be allowed to
sit since we were carrying beef,” Haseem said.
The incident is the latest such attack by Hindu
vigilantes in India, where there have been a
spate of assaults against Muslims and low-caste
In the last two years, nearly a dozen Muslim
men have been killed across the country on
suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cows.
Critics say vigilantes have been emboldened by
the election in 2014 of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata
Last year Modi criticised the cow protection
vigilantes and urged a crackdown against
groups using religion as a cover for committing