New Delhi: Clashes broke out in Bulandshahr’s Syana area in Uttar Pradesh over alleged cow slaughter, on Monday, in which two people, including a police inspector, were killed. The officer, Subodh Kumar Singh, was killed when a mob attacked a police outpost and set a police vehicle on fire.
Inspector Singh was allegedly shot by an unknown person in the mob and was declared “brought dead” in the hospital. The other person to have died in the violence was a youth called Sumit. He was grievously injured during the clashes and succumbed to his injuries after being admitted to a hospital in Meerut.
The Uttar Pradesh additional director general of police said a probe has been initiated to find out who shot Singh. The state chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, has announced Rs 50 lakh to the kin of Singh and given the authorities two days to probe the violence and submit a report.
According to reports, earlier on Monday, people were outraged when they allegedly found the carcass of a cow near Bulandshahr’s Chinrawati village, which came under the Syana police station’s jurisdiction. Soon a mob gathered and attacked the police station with stones and other things and set a police vehicle on fire.
Talking to media, the driver of the slain inspector, Ramashraya, said that the officer was lying injured near a boundary wall from where he pulled him into the police vehicle, but the villagers attacked them throwing stones and shouting “maaro maaro” (hit him, hit him). He said he heard gunshots being fired at them and as everyone started to flee, he too fled from the spot.
In a video clip circulated on social media, inspector Singh was seen dropping down from his vehicle head down and some people were rushing towards the vehicle.
The Bulandshahr district magistrate, Anuj Kumar Jha, said the police and senior officials tried to pacify the protesters but failed. Jha said the situation in Syana is tensed but under control.