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Police officer, civilian killed in UP over alleged cow slaughter

IANS  |  Bulandshahr 

A was attacked and shot dead by a Hindu mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter while a young man was gunned down in unexplained circumstances here in on Monday.

The violence erupted after Hindu activists went berserk alleging that some cows had been slaughtered by a community, police said. Enraged, they loaded the carcasses on tractor trolleys and jammed traffic on a busy road.

A police team lead by rushed to the scene to pacify the protesters drawn from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, and other right-wing Hindu groups.

He was, however, targeted and the crowd pelted stones at the police personnel, critically wounding the The was also shot in the head and was declared dead at a community health centre.

In the melee, the crowd set on fire many police vehicles while passersby were also attacked.

Shots were fired by unidentified assailants in which a local youth, Sumit, was hit and he succumbed to his injuries.

Heavy reinforcements - five companies of the (RAF) and six companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) - were rushed to the spot.

has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and directed (Intelligence) S.B. Shiradkar to present a detailed report within two days.

There were conflicting reports on how the was killed.

While some sources said the was attacked by blunt objects and stones, a video doing the rounds on showed the slain officer hanging upside down from his official vehicle, apparently shot in the head.

In the same video, apparently shot by locals, youths are seen running around the vehicle and identifying that the SHO has been shot. They run away thereafter and converge on the main road mouthing obscenities.

A post-mortem report later confirmed that the officer suffered both gunshot injuries and was also hit by a hard and blunt object. The officer had probed the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri, also over allegations of cow slaughter.



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:50 IST