Nagpur: A man accused of carrying beef is dragged on the road and beaten in a video that has emerged from Maharashtra. The incident took place on Wednesday in the Bharsingi, about 85 km from Nagpur.
The man, Salim Shah, was found unconscious by the police and taken to hospital.
"It was not beef but mutton, I told them, but they still beat me," Salim said today. "What happened with me is wrong, those who beat me should be punished."
In the video, Salim is kicked repeatedly. Four men have been arrested.
The police say they have sent the meat he was carrying for a forensic analysis.
Salim has identified three-four attackers, said senior police officer Shailesh Balkavade, adding that the video was being examined.
"If more were involved will arrest them," Mr Balkavade said.
This is the latest in a series of recent mob attacks over beef, which prompted a tough message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month: "Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country."
There were protests in various parts of the country after 16-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a train in Haryana by a mob after an argument over train seats. The teen, his brother and his friends were called 'beef-eaters' by the attackers.
A man was killed in Jharkhand for allegedly carrying beef and his van was set on fire.
More recently on Friday, six men transporting buffaloes to a slaughterhouse in Delhi were thrashed by a group.