Cow vigilantes set fire to a Muslim man's house in Beria Hatiatand village in Jharkhand's Giridih district. Photo: Hindustan Times

Beef continues to be a burning issue in India.

On Tuesday, a mob beat up an elderly Muslim man and torched his house in Beria Hatiatand village in Jharkhand’s Giridih district after they found a dead cow outside, according to media reports.

More than 200 security personnel, including senior officers, were deployed to protect the man and his family from the stone-throwing mob.

Jharkhand police spokesman RK Mullik was quoted as saying, “Our men and officials braved the crowd and rescued Ansari and his family members. When the police tried to take him to hospital, there was resistance from the crowd. There was heavy stone-pelting. We had to open fire in the air. The mob was highly charged and nearly 50 of our men sustained injuries in the stone-pelting. The situation has been brought under control.”

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