A 50-year-old man was beaten to death by a mob near Delhi on Monday night, allegedly over rumours that his family had stored and eaten beef. Mohammad Akhlaq and his son were dragged out by villagers in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh just outside the capital, and beaten with bricks. Akhlaq died and his son is critical in hospital.

Six people were arrested in connection with the attack, around 45 km from Delhi, sparking protests that led to police firing, damage to vehicles and injuries to a 20-year-old welder who works for the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) facility in the area.

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