Police have arrested one person in India’s northern Rajasthan state over the alleged killing of a Muslim man by suspected Hindu “cow protection vigilantes”.
The Muslim man, named Ummar Khan, and two other men were transporting cows when their vehicle was attacked on Friday.
One of the men was seriously wounded and the driver of the vehicle fled.
Khan’s family members say he was shot dead by Hindu cow protection vigilantes and his body was thrown onto a nearby railway track to cover up the murder.
The attack has sparked outrage in the local Muslim community.
Moluna Hanif, head of a local Muslim group, said that cow vigilantes were responsible for the attack.
He made the remarks after speaking to the injured man, Tahir, who told him they had been attacked by a cow protection group.
“It is most unfortunate and if the police fail to arrest these men, we will launch a protest,” Hanif added.
Back in April, a 55-year-old farmer was beaten to death in Rajasthan for allegedly transporting cows illegally.
Cows are considered sacred by Hindus and killing them is illegal in several states in India, including Rajasthan.
According to a recent Human Rights Watch report, at least 10 Muslims had been killed over the issue since May 2015.