A Muslim man died after he was attacked by hundreds of Hindu vigilantes while transporting cows in India, amid rising tensions over the slaughter of the sacred animal.

Pehlu khan, 55, died in hospital, two days after a mob attacked his cattle truck on a highway in Alwar in the western state of Rajasthan.

Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and their slaughter is illegal in many states.

In parts of Northern and Western India, squads of vigilantes roam highways inspecting livestock trucks for any trace of the animal.