New Delhi Correspondent
At police inspector and a youth were killed as violence erupted in a town on northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Monday over alleged illegal slaughter of cow, officials said.
A mob went on the rampage torching a police post and clashed with police which opened fire to control the situation, they said.
Additional Director General of Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) zone Prashant Kumar said the protesters from Mahaw village and nearby areas hurled stones at the police and indulged in arson setting ablaze several vehicles and the Chingarwathi police post.
Inspector Subodh Kumar, who was posted at the police post, died in the violence, he said without elaborating. A 20-year-old youth, identified as Sumit, died of gun-shot wounds, Kumar said. The trouble began when villagers found some parts of the carcass of a cow and a calf in a jungle in Mahaw village, the ADG said.
Angry villagers and members of various Hindu groups brought the animal remains in tractor-trolley to the Chingarwathi police post and demanded action against the culprits. They raised slogans against the police administration and blocked a highway.
District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said police and senior officials tried to reason with the protestors but they refused to budge. As Sub-divisional Magistrate Avinash Kumar Maurya arrived on the scene, protesters turned violent, pelting stones on policemen and indulging in arson. District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said police had to open fire in self-defence.
India has witnessed a number of incidents of cow vigilantism with attacks on those allegedly illegally transporting cows.