Indian police probe if violence over dead cow was result of conspiracy

Indian police probe if violence over dead cow was result of conspiracy

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.

The ADG said three others were taken into custody for interrogation and that raids were underway across the state to arrest Raj and others involved in the violence.

A mob of some 400 people, including right-wing activists, fought pitched battles with police on Monday in Siana area of Bulandshahr district, apparently after right-wing activists were angered by the discovery of cow carcasses strewn in a nearby jungle.

Subodh Kumar Singh, a police inspector, and a local villager were killed in the violence.

The chief minister was already facing flak from the opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday (December 3). The officer and his team had gone to the area to tackle protests after cow carcasses were found scattered in a forest.

Police refused to confirm Raj's political affiliations, but the regional coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Balraj Singh Dungar, said that Raj was the convenor of the Bulandshahr unit of the Dal. Beena Devi, a former village pradhan and sister-in-law of Raj Kumar, blamed police for the smashed auto, chulha, chairs and other items in the household. "The policemen retreated. Someone from the crowd opened fire that killed the police inspector". They indulged in heavy stone pelting and arson. The father of one of the boys said they were not even in the village on the day of the incident.

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Many states have actively started enforcing bans on cow slaughter after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed India's federal government in 2014.

It is unclear where the alleged cow slaughter occurred. "The incident is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner", he said. The state government has ordered an SIT probe.

"While the police continued to back off in self-defence, the mob of anarchic elements continued to get more aggressive and offensive". Singh's relatives demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.

Inspector Singh was the investigating officer in the Akhlaq lynching case of Dadri between September 28, 2015, and November 9, 2015.

"After the cow carcasses were found, villagers were satisfied with a written complaint and agreed to end the matter".

Police fired shots in the air as hundreds of villagers, incensed over the death of the sacred animals, pelted stones at officers sent to quell the violence just 130 kilometres (80 miles) from New Delhi.

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