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09/23/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – Three Tribal Christians living in India’s northeastern state of Jharkhand were recently attacked by a mob after they were rumored to be selling beef. As a result, one Christian, named Kalantus Barla, died and the other two remain hospitalized in critical condition.

According to local police, the three Christians were attacked by a group of 12 to 15 men in Jaltanda Suari village on Sunday morning. The mob accused the Christians of selling beef at a riverside market and savagely beat them.

The mob reportedly came from neighboring villages after rumors of an alleged cow slaughter spread via texts and WhatsApp messages. Five individuals have been arrested by local police DIG V. Homkar told The Print in India.

Attacks following false allegations of cow slaughter in India have risen dramatically since the BJP-led government took power in 2014. Cow protection rhetoric used by BJP politicians and attempts the pass cow protection laws have incited radical Hindu nationalists to form cow vigilante mobs that target minority communities who then accuse of not revering cows as much as Hindus.

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