Bulandshahr (UP): On Monday, violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr over alleged illegal slaughter of cattle, which lead to the death of a police inspector and a youth. A mob went on a rampage torching a police post, and attacking the police, who then opened fire to control the situation, said officials.
Mob violence leads to death of two
Additional Director General of Meerut zone Prashant Kumar said the protesters from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones at the police and indulged in arson setting several vehicles and the Chingarwathi Police Chowki on fire. The Hindu Yuva Vahini and Bajrang Dal activists also torched several passing vehicles, reported IANS.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was posted at the Syana Police Station, died in the violence, and a 20-year-old youth, identified as Sumit died of gun-shot wounds, police said.
What ignited the mob?
The trouble started after villagers found some body parts of cow and its progeny in a jungle in Mahaw village, the ADG said.
Angry villagers and members of various Hindu groups brought the animal remains in tractor-trolley to the Chingarwathi Police Chowki and demanded action against the culprits. They raised slogans against the police administration and blocked the Bulandshahr-Garh highway.
District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said police and senior officials tried to reason with the protesters who refused to budge.
When Sub-divisional Magistrate Avinash Kumar Maurya arrived on the scene, protesters turned violent, started pelting stones on policemen and indulged in arson.
District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said police had to open fire in self-defence. Meerut Divisional Commissioner Aneeta C Meshram said she was rushing to the spot to take stock of the situation.
(With inputs from Agencies)