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

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2018

Monday's violence in the country's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, which killed two people, brings back to the national spotlight a trend of cow vigilantism by hardline Hindu groups ahead of a general election due in less than six months.

The dead police officer, Subodh Kumar Singh, had helped lead an investigation into the 2015 murder by a Hindu mob of a Muslim man rumoured to have slaughtered a cow in a village that is about an hour's travel away by road from the district.

A day after the tragic violence in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a high-level meeting over the issue on Tuesday night in Lucknow, with the chief secretary, director general of police, principal secretary (home) and additional director general of police (intelligence). According to the official press release, Adityanath told the officials, "Tough action needs to be taken against those who carried out cow slaughter".

"That's when I realised Mr Singh had been hit by a brick and was lying unconscious", he says.

"My brother was killed in a police conspiracy as he was probing a cow slaughter case". The chief minister also announced an extraordinary pension for the dependent family of the deceased inspector and government job for a member of his family. The political slugfest over the incident has already bgun with the opposition parties squarely blaming the ruling BJP for violence.

Cow slaughter is banned in parts of predominantly Hindu India, including Uttar Pradesh.

"These were suspected cow carcasses and the villagers were angry about it", Kumar told reporters.

Police said they were investigating the incident to find out who instigated the violence.

Two men accused of trying to molest a 20-year-old woman in northern India set her on fire two days later after she lodged a complaint with police, authorities and her family said.

Abhishek said he last spoke to his father when he phoned him to inquire whether he had studied and eaten. In addition to the two young boys, Raj has named one man who does not live in the village anymore and three others who the local villagers haven't heard of. Syana circle officer Satya Prakash Sharma, who tried to reason with the agitators, later saved himself from their wrath by locking himself inside a room of the police outpost.

Meanwhile, police have arrested four persons in connection with the violence.

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