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Police officer, civilian killed in UP over alleged cow slaughter

BULANDSHAHR (UP): A police inspector 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 Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

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

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

He was, however, targeted and the crowd pelted stones at the police personnel, critically  wounding the officer. The officer 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 Rapid Action Force  and six companies of  the Provincial Armed Constabulary – were rushed to the spot.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set up a special investigation team  and directed  additional director general (intelligence) S B  Shiradkar to present a detailed report within two  days.

There were conflicting reports on how the inspector was killed.

While some sources said the police officer was attacked by blunt objects and stones, a video  doing the rounds on social media 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 postmortem 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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