In a ghastly incident, a police officer and a village youth were killed by a mob protesting against cow slaughter in Bulandshahar district of western Uttar Pradesh, today. The police officer who died in the incident was identified as Subodh Kumar Singh, station house officer of Siana.
The violence erupted as the mob clashed with the police at Bahav village in Siana area of the district. Later, UP’s additional director general of police Anand Kumar said the police officer had died in firing from villagers.
Trouble began after some cows were slaughtered at Bahav village on Sunday night and the matter was reported to leaders of some Hindutva organisations. Activists of Hindutva organisations arrived in the village this morning and brought the slaughtered cows in tractor-trolleys, blocking the state highway passing through Siana town near Singrawati police outpost.
Earlier, two months ago, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had stated that the government will not permit the operation of the illegal slaughterhouses in the state. However, this is not the first time that a clash has erupted between the locals and police personnel.
On August 7 this year, a group of Kanwariyas turned violent and began smashing a police van after a fight with the locals in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr.In yet another case in Uttar Pradesh, a dispute occurred between a group of Kanwariyas and local residents in Tanda town of Ambedkar Nagar district after the Kanwariyas refused to reduce the volume of the loud music.