A police inspector, died and another was seriously injured in violence that flared up at a village in Bulandshahr, western Uttar Pradesh when carcasses of 25 cows were found.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh died when the mob, throwing stones, took on the police who had arrived to restore law and order. Another policeman, a constable, is in a serious condition.
The violence which is still on started this morning when carcasses of 25 animals were found dumped in a forest area outside the village. Activists of right-wing organisations soon gathered at the spot and alleged that people of a community were indulging in cow slaughter.
Anuj Kumar Jha, the district magistrate, said police was deployed when they got the news around 11 am. “Some people took the bodies of the animals and tried to block the road. The policemen were attacked when they tried to get the road opened,” he said.
The mob then took the tractor trolleys, parked them outside the Chingrawathi police station and targeted the policemen. Despite heavy police deployment in the area, things got out of hand. The police post was set on fire. So were motor bikes and other vehicles parked nearby.
“Around 400 locals had collected there with tractor trolleys with the carcasses. The mob pelted stones. The Inspector was hit on the head and a couple of other policemen also injured,” said Anand Kumar, a senior officer of the state police.
Cellphone footage from the area, shot by onlookers, shows the gutted police post and young men attacking policemen with stones.
Reports say the police fired in the air and used batons, but has not been able to bring things under control so far. Additional reinforcements have been sent to the area.
Two senior police officers, Additional Director General Prashant Kumar and Inspector General of police Ram Kumar have also gone to the spot.
The violence coincides with a major three-day Islamic congregation that’s taking place in the district. The police say they are trying to divert vehicles from the area to ease tensions.>