An Indian author has died after being brutally beaten by the mob in Uttar Pradesh state, according to reports.
The 62-year-old writer, who was working as a guest of honour at a temple in the state capital, Lucknow, had left the premises in a rush and was travelling home when he was approached by a group of men in a vehicle, which pulled up and followed him, The Hindu reported.
The mob, who allegedly hurled insults at him, then took him to a field and beat him to death, the report said.
“He was walking along the highway with his wife and children, when he heard a shout from the other side of the highway,” the report added.
“He rushed towards the road and when he reached the spot, he saw two men who attacked him.
They tried to run him away from the road but he refused.
They took him into a house and beat and thrashed him till he died.”
The report did not give the exact time of death, but said the incident took place on Saturday.
The author had travelled to Lucknow from Mumbai, where he had studied for a degree in English literature, the paper reported.
In a statement, the local police department said they had registered a case under sections 376 (murder), 506 (muricide), 323 (murice) and 147 (assault) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The local police commissioner said that he would be returning the body to Luckon.
The state government had launched a massive operation to bring the killers to book.
“We are in a state of shock.
It’s the most horrific incident I’ve seen in my entire life,” said the governor of the district, Yogi Adityanath.
“The police have registered a murder case against all the accused.
We have launched a huge operation to arrest the killers.”