Bulandshahr: Why a policeman was killed over 'cow slaughter'

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh

A large crowd staged a blockade of the Bulandshahr-Dhar highway, carrying the cow carcass.

Abhishek Kumar son of deceased cop Subodh Kumar who was shot dead yesterday during Bulandshahr clashes, on Tuesday presented a courageous face amid the unfortunate loss and asserted that his father always wanted his children to respect all religions. CM only keeps saying cow cow cow. Singh was the SHO of Syana police station.

The video, in which Yogesh chants "Jai Shree Ram" and introduces himself as the Bulandshahr district convenor of the Bajrang Dal, has been played by several local news channels.

At the meeting, Yogi Adityanath ordered immediate arrests for cow slaughter, but reportedly said nothing on the murder of the police officer. He wrote on Twitter that the guilty will be punished, and that the state government has promised "extraordinary pension" for the family and a government job for a family member. Sarfuddin, Shajid, Asif and Nanhe -who were among the seven accused named for cow slaughter in the First Information Report (FIR), have been arrested, the police said. For a brief period, Singh was the investigating officer in the high-profile Dadri lynching case of 2015, before being transferred. Bajrang Dal's national spokesperson Surendra Jain on Tuesday too had denied the involvement of its functionary in the killings and later went on to claim that the incident took place due to the anger of the people.

Cow slaughter is banned in parts of predominantly Hindu India, including Uttar Pradesh. "There were two incidents that happened on that day", he says referring to the Monday incident.

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"In the second incident, I was not present at the spot".

The situation got out of control around 10 am when about 400 angry villagers torched Chingravathi police outpost, torched several vehicles, including a police van, and used stones and guns in their three-hour-long clash with the police which opened fire, he said.

In a tweet, the Bulandshahr police said, as reported by The Indian Express, "Please don't spread misinformation".

Police in Bulandshahr district, where the clashes occurred, have deployed additional personnel. Allegedly, the mob was also protesting against illegal slaughterhouses, reports The Quint.The District Magistrate further said that the protestors had blocked the roads in the area after the carcass of a cow was found.

A violent mob rampaged through villages in northern India on Monday after the discovery of suspected cow carcasses, setting vehicles ablaze and murdering two people including a senior police officer. Asked where they had been arrested from, Sarfuddin said they had visited the police station after they were summoned. The inspector died before he could be treated.

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