2 killed in violence over cow slaughter in north India

Policemen inspect the area where several vehicles were set on fire by a mob during a protest over the alleged illegal slaughter of cattle in Bulandshahr

Policemen inspect the area where several vehicles were set on fire by a mob during a protest over the alleged illegal slaughter of cattle in Bulandshahr

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was allegedly killed after a mob surrounded his team in Bulandshahr over the recovery of five carcasses in a nearby forest.

Sumit's family maintained he was not involved in the violence. The local residents wanted his name struck off from there.

They alleged that they had found carcasses of cows earlier that day in the fields - videos, which soon began circulating on WhatsApp and social media, show a tractor with several carcasses blocking the road leading to the police station.

According to sources, inspector Subodh Kumar was killed in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr when a mob went on a rampage over allegations of illegal cow slaughter. "Right to Life in the instant incident have been grossly violated, which is a matter of concern for the Commission", it said.

Of the 27, at least four are workers and functionaries of right-wing organisations such as Bajrang Dal, the officials said. The government has deployed additional police, including over 1,000 personnel of anti-riot forces, and ordered multiple probes - by SIT, ADG-Intelligence - and a magisterial inquiry.

The troubled district of Bulandshahr has seen many vioelent attacks in the past. Police have arrested four people over Inspector Singh's killing and are looking for 23 others. Police have launched an investigation and said postmortem examinations would be conducted.

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The dead policeman's son Abhishek said his father wanted him to be a good citizen who doesn't incite violence in the name of religion.

The names of the two boys, who are cousins, matched with the ones called out by the police.

Modi, who will seek a second term in office in elections by May, past year condemned murder in the name of protecting cows after a string of vigilante killings sparked protests. The CM used to chant "gau. gau. gau". Even as she bravely questioned the absence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath from the state at a time when violence had been unleashed, she made sure to register her view that it was important to protect the cow, which is considered a mother. On Tuesday, however, the district administration announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for his family.

Bulandshahr MP Bhola Singh and local MLA Devendra Lodhi, both from the BJP, visited Sumit's family in Chingrawathi. "About 40-50 others, who are unidentified, were involved in the incident and police is confident of identifying them with the video evidence", he added.

While the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati blamed the "irresponsible and wrong" policies of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for the mob violence, the CPI (M) said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's "communally provocative speeches" were responsible.

It is unclear where the alleged cow slaughter occurred. The mob left almost six policemen wounded, burned down a police station and set several vehicles on fire.

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