Mob violence leaves police inspector dead

Two people including a police inspector was killed in violence at a village in Bulandshahr, western Uttar Pradesh, India. After twenty-five carcass of cows were found in the village today.

The Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh died when the mob threw stones on the police, who had arrived to restore law and order. A local resident died and another policeman, a constable was seriously injured.

Doctors, after preliminary examination, said Inspector Singh had died of a blunt injury to the head. A viral cell phone video surfaced, and it suggests that he had been shot by the mob.

Subodh Kumar Singh

Police are awaiting a post mortem of the inspector and are trying to identify people seen in the video.

The State Government has called a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the cow slaughter and the mob violence incident.

Security was beefed up in the area, about five companies of Rapid Action Force and six companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary were called in.

The violence started in the morning when the cow carcasses were found dumped outside the village, at the forest area. Many activists and right-wing groups gathered at the spot and alleged that people in the community were indulging in cow slaughter.

The mob took the bodies of the animals and blocked roads. The policemen were attacked as they tried to open the road.

Then the mob took tractors parked outside the Chingrawathi police station and targeted policemen. The mob torched the police post and motor bikes, and other vehicles parked nearby.

The violence coincided with an Islamic congregation 50 km away, in the same district.