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Two killed in mob violence over cow slaughter in UP

Two killed in mob violence over cow slaughter in UP
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Bulandshahr: A police inspector and a youth were killed on Monday as a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post here and clashed with police, which opened fire, officials said.

Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the protestors from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones on the police and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and Chingarwathi Police Chowki.

Inspector Subodh Kumar, who was posted at the Siana Police Station, died in the violence, he said, but did not elaborate. Police also said a 20-year-old youth, identified as Sumit, died of gunshot wounds.

As tension prevailed in the area following the violence that lasted nearly three hours, the Uttar Pradesh government deployed additional police, including over 1,000 personnel of anti-riot forces, and ordered multiple probes - by SIT, ADG-Intelligence - and a magisterial inquiry.

Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Rajasthan for the election campaign, said strict action would be taken against the guilty after the probe reports are received. He also said financial assistance would be extended to the affected persons.

Giving details of the incident, ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said in Lucknow that trouble started after villagers found some body parts of cows in a jungle in Mahaw village.

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 State Highway.

Bulandshahr District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha, Sub-divisional Magistrate Avinash Kumar Maurya and other senior officials tried to reason with the protestors, but they refused to budge.

The protesters soon turned violent, pelting stones on policemen and indulging in arson, Jha said, adding that police had to fire gunshots in self-defence.

Meanwhile, mobile footage from the area, shot by onlookers, showed young men attacking policemen with stones. The violence started at around 10 am in Siana area in the district where a major three-day Islamic congregation had concluded Monday afternoon. with agency inputs

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