The death toll in a Hindu mob lynching of a Muslim family in India’s western state of Gujarat in the early hours of Wednesday was seven people, including three women and a six-month-old infant, officials said.
The death toll has risen to six after two more bodies were found on Thursday, the state’s police chief said.
At least seven people were killed, including two children, and at least 12 others were injured, the police chief, Sanjay Kumar, told a news conference.
The three women were identified as relatives of one of the victims, according to Kumar.
Two others were seriously injured and were rushed to a hospital in the state capital, Ahmedabad.
The killings took place on the morning of January 3, when a mob gathered in a small village called Rajaigarh, in western Gujarat state, for a Hindu festival, police said.
They were attacked by an unknown mob, including one who also attacked a local Muslim family, police sources told Reuters news agency.
The mob then attacked two other homes in Rajaigsudh, a city of around 1 million people about 60km (40 miles) north of Ahmedabad, killing the two women and injuring two more people, the sources said.
On January 4, police recovered a severed head from a car and two other severed heads were found, according a report by the Indian Express newspaper.
The incident sparked protests in Gujarat and led to several deaths.
The Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its Hindu nationalist allies, including a right-of-centre group called Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), blamed the deaths on a “left-wing Hindu extremist”.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has vowed to investigate the case.
Raje said her office was investigating the attack, but she did not rule out the possibility of an act of terrorism.RSS is known for carrying out violent protests.