Three Hindu activists named in FIR for Bulandshahr violence

Three Hindu activists named in FIR for Bulandshahr violence

The chaos began after beef and a few animal bones were found in a field in a village. "It was due to the efforts of the SHO (station house officer) and other local police officers that the violence was limited to Mahaw and two adjoining villages".

Police are investigating whether the violence was incited by radical Hindu outfits and are likely to make arrests soon, officials said. He had received a call that morning asking him to go to a police station in another village, Chigrawati, about 5km (3 miles) away, where an angry mob of villagers had gathered.

Police said there was firing by miscreants also during the clash.

He also said that instructions were also issued that a campaign is run to identify the people who are vitiating the atmosphere and stringent action is initiated against them.

Hindu vigilantes often roam the roads in northern India to protect cows, frequently resulting in assaults against India's Muslim population - some 14 percent of the country's 1.3 billion people.

The complainant was filed on the basis of a statement by Yogesh Raj, who is a Bajrang Dal's district head and is named as the main accused in a separate FIR over the killing of police officer inspector Subodh Kumar Singh during Monday's mob violence.

According to data analytics site India Spend, nearly 80 cases of cow-related violence were reported between 2012 and 2017.

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Footage shared online showed vehicles on fire and huge crowds of men hurling objects at police.

Although, Adityanath announced a Rs 10-lakh financial assistance to the family members of Sumit Kumar from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, Awasthi said.

The director general of police said that the police are following up on all angles and focusing on the incident of the alleged cow slaughter. Some carry life sentences for transgressions.

The incident took place Monday near the city of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh state.

Meanwhile, the state government led by Yogi Adityanath - a Hindu monk - has immediately assembled a special investigation team to look into the cow slaughter and mob violence in the area.

Seven Muslims, including two children, have been named in the alleged cow slaughter case.

At least 39 people have been killed in cow-related violence in India since 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power, according to data portal IndiaSpend.

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