India nabs 4 after deadly violence over cow slaughter rumours

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He said, "Inspector Subodh Kumar died and another injured policeman is admitted to the hospital".

According to The Quint, there are further reports that the youth named Sumit also succumbed to bullet injuries that he received during the clash. But an attack on police is unheard of.

They said 27 people have been named in the FIR while cases have been lodged against 50-60 unidentified people.

DM Jha said, "Some people took the bodies of the animals and tried to block the road". The police officer was maintaining protocol by responding to a crime call. He became unconscious. Later when the constables were taking my father, the police jeep came under attack.

Shops and schools in the area are shut and more than 1,000 policemen have been deployed, says BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava in Bulandshahr.

"Tension has eased in strife-torn Bulandshahr and efforts are on to ensure there is no trouble in future", he said in Lucknow.

As police continued their investigations, emotions ran high with the families preparing for the last rites.

Cow slaughter is a powder-keg issue in India and one that rights group say has been stoked by Hindu hardliners to provoke violence against Muslims and other minorities.

Bulandshahr: "It is my father who lost his life this time, who is going to be the next?" "Whose father is next?" he asked tearfully.

Bulandshahr mob violence main accused Yogesh?Raj who is on the run released a video on Whatsapp today claiming his innocence
Bulandshahr mob violence main accused Yogesh?Raj who is on the run released a video on Whatsapp today claiming his innocence

"I had spoken to him (father) a day before the incident".

The mob fury was triggered by the alleged seizure of cow carcasses from a jungle outside Mahaw village.

Police told the BBC that some members of the mob were armed with homemade revolvers and opened fire first. The CM used to chant "gau. gau. gau".

Mr Singh, 47, was in charge of the police station in Siyana, a village in Bulandshahr.

They agreed to cremate him after the district administration announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh. A local young agitators, identified as Sumit, died in the clashes.

"Police should have registered the case, filed an FIR and taken action accordingly", Lodhi told PTI.Congress leader Manish Tewari described the incident as "very sad and condemnable", and claimed attempts were being made to instigate communal violence ahead of the polls.

As tension prevailed in the area following the violence that lasted almost three hours, the Uttar Pradesh government deployed additional police, including over 1,000 personnel of anti-riot forces and ordered probes by a special investigation team, the intelligence department, and a magistrate.

Additional Director General of Meerut zone Prashant Kumar said a mob pelted the police with stones and indulged in arson setting several vehicles and the Chingarwathi Police Chowki on fire.



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