Three men have been arrested in connection with the killing of a police officer during mob violence over alleged cow slaughter in northern India, officials said Tuesday.
Subodh Kumar Singh was killed when villagers, many of them activists from hardline Hindu groups, clashed with police in Uttar Pradesh state's Bulandshahr district on Monday.
They were protesting the alleged inability of police to stop cow slaughter, claiming that carcasses of animals including cows were found in the region. An 18-year old protester also died in the rioting.
"We have arrested three men and detained four more for questioning. A total of 27 people are listed as accused in the case," said investigating officer Pravin Ranjan Singh.
India's Hindu majority regards cows as holy and their slaughter is banned in several states. There have been a string of attacks by right-wing Hindus targeting Muslims and low-caste Dalits over cattle slaughter and beef consumption.
Shops and schools were closed on Tuesday in Bulandshahr, where additional police were deployed to prevent further violence.
According to data analytics site India Spend, almost 80 cases of cow-related violence were reported between 2012 and 2017.
Ninety-seven per cent of these occurred after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
UP farmers end protest after meeting officials
Maharashtra, Haryana to hold elections on October 21
Two Indian states to hold elections in October
Ex-minister accused of rape remanded to judicial custody
NRC not needed in West Bengal: Mamata
Modi set to fire up US rally with Trump by his side
Missing elephant found near Delhi police HQ
Never sought to impose Hindi over regional languages: Shah
Mamata meets Modi