TDN World Desk: Two people, including a police officer, have been killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr as protest triggered over the suspicions of cow slaughter. The incident happened on Monday morning, December 3. According to reports, carcasses of cows were found dumped in a forest area in Bulandshahr’s Maha village and hearing that activists of right-wing outfits gathered blaming a particular community.
Demanding action against the perpetrators furious mob torched police chowki (sub-station) and police vans, pelted stones targeting the police. To placate the situation UP government deployed police forces in huge numbers that included over 1,000 police personnel from anti-riot forces.
An inspector-rank officer, Subodh Kumar Singh and a 21-year-old BJP activist were killed as clashes took place between the police and a mob led by right-wing activists. Eventually, Subodh Kumar Singh was the Investigating officer of Akhlaq mob lynching case. More than five other police officers were reportedly injured in the clash.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to look into the case. ADG intelligence and magistrate probe will also be conducted.
Coincidentally, on that very day of violence a three-day Islamic conference (Tablighi Jamaat’s ijtema) ended in nearby Siana area, 40 to 50 km away from Bulandshahr. Around 15 lakhs of Muslims joined that religious congregation. However, police confirmed that the incident was in no way related to the congregation.
It is to be noted that mob lynching by cow vigilantes in India is a phenomenon that is dramatically on rise after the PM Modi’s BJP government came into power. Since 2014, according to India Spend, a data-based portal, 39 people were killed in mob lynching and 314 people were victims of cow related violence.