Lucknow, Dec 3: A police inspector and a civilian lost their lives during a clash with people protesting against illegal slaughterhouses in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
Inspector Subodh Singh of Syana police station and four constables were also injured in the violence.
In the wake of the incident, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the matter and submit a report to the Uttar Pradesh government at the earliest.
According to the reports, members of several Hindu groups with an alleged cow carcass gathered on the Bulandshahr-Syana road and pelted stones at the police personnel.
One police inspector dead during a clash with people protesting against illegal slaughterhouses in Bulandshahr pic.twitter.com/Ugts7FDtsI
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The Hindu Yuva Vahini and Bajrang Dal activists also damaged vehicles and attacked police officials.
The protestors torched several passing vehicles.
The inspector was rushed to the Aurangabad community health centre (CHC) where he was declared dead on arrival.
District Magistrate Anuj Jha confirmed the death of the police officer.
“People complained that cattle carcass was found in field, villagers were assured action, but villagers carried carcass on a tractor and blocked main road, protest turned violence and stones were pelted on police, forces retaliated with lathi charge”, Anand Kumar,(ADG L&O) told media.
“One policeman died in stone pelting from villagers, later a local Sumit also got shot and was shifted to a hospital in Meerut where he succumbed to injuries. Probe is underway to find out who shot him”, he added.
In the police firing that followed, a youth, Sumit Anand, was shot. Later he succumbed to the gunshot injuries in a hospital.