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Mohit Sardana | HENB | Bulandshahr | Dec 3, 2018:: Two people including a police inspector have died in violence that flared up at a village in Bulandshahr, western Uttar Pradesh, when carcasses of 25 cows were found today. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh died when the mob, throwing stones, took on the police who had arrived to restore law and order. A local resident died and another policeman, a constable, has been seriously injured.
A protester, Sumit Kumar, was injured in firing and was rushed to a hospital in Meerut where he succumbed to his injuries, the police said.
While doctors, after preliminary examination, said Inspector Singh had died of a blunt injury to the head, a cellphone video has surfaced that suggests he had been shot by the mob. Confirming the authenticity of the video, a senior police officer said a detailed postmortem will bring out the truth. The police are trying to identify the men seen in the video.
The driver of the inspector has told the media he had dragged the already injured inspector from a boundary wall to a police jeep when a mob attacked him for the second time. “I was just starting to drive to the hospital, but a mob descended on the jeep again. I ran for my life. I am not sure what the mob did when they reached the jeep, but it is true that the inspector had been seriously injured earlier, before this mob attack,” said Ram Asre, Inspector Singh’s driver.
According to the police, certain right wing groups along with locals protesting against the cow slaughter went on a rampage and attacked the Chingrawati police outpost, approximately 140 kms from the national capital, in Bulandshahr city.
The atmosphere in Bulandshahr continues to be tense even as senior police officials including ADG Meerut zone Prashant Kumar reached the spot to take stock of the situation.
According to sources, some Hindu outfit members after finding carcasses of cattle in a field loaded them in a tractor and parked it near the Chingrawati police outpost. They claimed it was a case of cow slaughter and became embroiled in a clash with the police.
The violence started this morning when the carcasses of the cows 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 put the carcasses into 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. 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.
Security has been bolstered in the area with five companies of Rapid Action Force and six companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary.
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. The UP police says today was its last day and close to 15 lakh people were in attendance. The police have, however, clarified that the distance between the congregation and the mob violence was as much as 50 km.
Meanwhile, SSP Bulandshahr KB Singh said the situation is now under control. “Adequate police forces are in place and we are in the process of identifying anti-social elements who perpetrated the crime. No one will be allowed to take the law into his/her own hands”, he said.
A SIT (Special Investigation Team) has been formed to investigate the alleged cow slaughter in Mahu village and the mob violence in which Inspector Singh was killed. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked for a preliminary inquiry report within 2 days.
Local People told HENB that public reported the occurrence of hidden cow slaughters to the local police station time and again. But, the police official did never pay heed to their complaint anyway. Hindu Public got violent as they could not bear with unabated cow slaughter after finding the huge number of Cow carcasses in Mahu village under Chingrawathi police station jurisdiction.
Before the clash and firing the agitating Hindus were demanding complete ban on cow slaughter and cow smuggling in the adjacent areas.
__inputs from Agencies, TOI, NDTV and Zee News.