Greater Noida: A 50-year-old Muslim man was dragged out of his house Greater Noida's Bisada village near New Delhi and beaten to death on allegations of sacrificing a cow early on Tuesday, police said.
The incident triggered violent protests in the area and a police vehicle was burnt.
Police however said that they had arrested six of the 10 accused and the situation was now under control.
Irshad (some medi reports identified him as Akhlaque or Afzal), a resident of Bisara area under Jarcha police station of Greater Noida, was dragged out of his house after residents alleged he had sacrificed a cow in his house.
Danish, the victim’s 21-year-old son, was critically injured in the attack and is on ventilator support in Kailash Hospital, Noida, the police confirmed.
Though police reached the spot and took the injured Irshad to hospital, he succumbed to his injuries, said Gautama Budh Nagar's Senior Superintendent of Police Kiran S.
Accusing police of laxity, local residents came on the main road leading to Dadri from Jarcha and jammed traffic, set afire a police vehicle and started hurling bricks and stones.
Police said although they were investigating after registering a case against 10 people but the protest continued, they had to use force to disperse the mob for which it called reinforcements from neighbouring police stations to maintain peace.
"As the police came to know about the incident, it rushed the critically injured person to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Police was prompt to arrest culprits and nabbed six out of 10 named accused. The situation is under control," said the police chief.
Superintendent of police (rural) Sanjay Singh said the victim's body has been handed over to his family after an autopsy, the report of which suggested that he died due to severe blood loss and haemmorage.
He also said an FIR had been filed against 10 people, six of whom were nabbed and put behind bars. They have been identified as Rupender, Vivek, Sree Om, Sandeep, Saurabh and Gaurav, all in their late 20s.