A police officer was killed by an angry mob in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Monday morning when he was trying to disperse the crowd protesting the alleged slaughter of a cow in the area.
A police officer was killed in mob violence in Bulandshahr, UP after local outfits first stage jam and then go on a rampage angered by alleged discovery of parts of a dead cow. More details coming in, police on the spot.@the_hindu— Omar Rashid (@omar7rashid) December 3, 2018
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"People complained that cattle carcass was found in the field. Villagers were assured action, but they carried the carcass on a tractor and blocked the main road. Protestors turned violent, pelting stones at the police. The forces retaliated with baton charge," Anand Kumar, Additional Director General (Law and Order) told the media.
Anand Kumar,(ADG L&O): Ppl complained that cattle carcass was found in field, villagers were assured action, but villagers carried carcass on a tractor & blocked main road, protest turned violence and stones were pelted on police, forces retaliated with lathi charge #Bulandshahr pic.twitter.com/ZVRlv6WjOu— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 3, 2018
The police inspector, identified as Subodh Kumar Singh, died on the spot as he was hit by a blunt object on the head while he was trying to stop the rampaging mob. When the police retaliated, a villager was shot and later died from his wound.
Meanwhile, the state government led by Yogi Adityanath — a Hindu monk — has immediately assembled a special investigation team to look into the cow slaughter and mob violence in the area. Security in the district has been ramped up following the incident which coincided with a major three-day Islamic congregation.