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

06 December 2018

The chief minister Wednesday night ordered strict action against cow slaughter, unlawful trade in cattle and illegal slaughterhouses.

However, he does not seem to have been as vocal about taking action against those responsible for the killing of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was part of the team trying to control protests that broke out after cow carcasses were reportedly found in a forest.

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. "The police came to our house, called us to the police station and kept us there for four hours". The prime accused -Bajrang Dal's district coordinator-is still on the run. While it was not clear if any hard-line groups were behind the attack, Raj is alleged to be a member of right-wing Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a Hindu group that opposes cow slaughter and conversion of Hindus to Islam. He had travelled to a spot near the police post to drop off a friend on his two-wheeler and was caught in the crossfire, his relatives said.

Police are investigating whether the violence was incited by radical Hindu outfits and are likely to make arrests soon, officials said.

Two years ago 15 suspects were detained after a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were gang-raped off a busy highway, the latest incident of sexual violence to shock the country.

The family of the man, a blacksmith, denied the accusation that they secretly ate beef, which is banned in many Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by a Hindu priest from the BJP. "I was not present at the location of the second incident".

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. After a few moments, according to the video, several men among the angry mob start talking about fire rounds and says that a bullet has been fired, a bullet has been fired. The Ijtema concluded peacefully.

"The Chief Minister has told the family the government is with them and that all possible help will be extended to them", said Director General of police OP Singh.

The alleged discovery of a cow carcass in the fields in India's Bulandsahr on Monday morning triggered massive protests by the locals who carried the carcass on a tractor and blocked the main road.

The police wanted to calm the villagers down because thousands of Muslims had gathered over the weekend in Bulandshahr for a religious event. "The police also reached there and we went to the Siana police station for filing our complaint (about cow slaughter)", he says.

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