Uttar Pradesh: Cop Among Two Killed In Clashes Over Cow Slaughter Rumour

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh

A police inspector died and many were injured after a mob attacked a police station protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on Monday.

Police have yet to arrest the main suspect, who belongs to the hardline Hindu group Bajrang Dal, said Bholendra, a leader of the group, who goes by one name. "Activists of right-wing organisations soon gathered at the spot and alleged that people of a community were indulging in cow slaughter", said.

He was transferred from Dadri to Varanasi after the Akhlaq case and was later promoted as SHO Vrindavan in Mathura before posting in Bulandshahr. Most of the rioters hail from these villages which are situated within 3 km from the epicentre of the riots at the Chingrawati police outpost. They took the carcasses in tractors to reach the police station located in Chingravathi of Syana.

The inspector, who has a wife and two sons living in Noida near Delhi, was declared dead when he was brought to the hospital. Cops were outnumbred so they trieds to flee, but in the melee Siyana SHO Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead. The chief minister also announced an extraordinary pension for the dependent family of the deceased inspector and government job for a member of his family.

The Uttar Pradesh police has so far arrested four accused in the case from among 27 named and 60 unidentified people in the FIR.

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The violence erupted 40 kilometres from the venue of the Tablighi Ijtema, a three-day Islamic congregation attended by 15 lakh people in the district.

According to Police statement, the trouble started on Monday morning when carcasses of the cows were found dumped in a forest area outside Mahaw village. But their worst fears came true as the mob turned violent and began pelting stones at them. The officer died from gunshot wounds, district magistrate Anuj Jha told Reuters.

In the undated video doing rounds on social media on Wednesday, Yogesh claims that the death of the police inspector and civilian and the protests in Bulandshahr were different incidents that occurred at different locations, and that he had no connection with the death of Subodh Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Siyana Police Station, in any way.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the cause of the violence in Bulandshahr district, senior police officer Prashant Kumar told local ANI news agency.

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