Two men were brutally beaten to death by a group of 20 others after allegedly killing a cow.
The incident occurred in the Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh, India, and saw the attackers leave a third man injured.
Police said that the gang of 20 visited Sampat Batti and Dhansa, who belonged to a local tribe, and accused them of slaughtering the animal.
The beating then took place and the two men died whilst on the way to hospital, according to NDTV.
At a protest following the savage attack, Congressman Arjun Singh Kakodia sat on the nearby Jabalpur-Nagpur Highway and demanded action against the mob.
Police visited the home of the murdered men during their investigations and eventually charged 20 people, six with murder.
A large quantity of meat was found in the victims' house.
Additional Superintendent of Police SK Maravi said: "Two tribal men have died. It was alleged a group of 15-20 people went to the victims' house, accused them of killing a cow and assaulted them.
"The two men died while being taken to hospital and another had minor injuries.
"A case of murder has been registered… police teams are searching for the accused. Some of the accused are named (in the complaint) and others are unidentified. We have taken two-three suspects into custody.
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"Some 12kg of meat has been found in the victims' house."
Brajesh Batti, the third man injured in the attack, described how the mob battered Sampat Batti and Dhansa with sticks.
Madhya Pradesh is the Indian state with the most crime against tribal men, according to Congress leader Kamal Nath and now politicians are demanding action.
Nath said: "I demand from the government that strict action be taken against the culprits by announcing a high-level inquiry into this incident.
"All possible help should be given to the families of the victims and arrangements for treatment of the injured man at government expense."
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