Lucknow: A police inspector and a civilian died in an altercation between the police personnel and the locals in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. The protest was over the setting up of illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr region. Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order assured action to people who complained of cattle carcass found in the field, stated ANI. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Records Highest-ever Daily Spike of 18,021 Coronavirus Cases
A huge police force was deployed on the spot. Despite the assurance, the villagers carried carcass on a tractor and blocked the main road, causing unrest which turned violent. To pacify the protest, police force retaliated with lathi charge. Anand Kumar added that the cop 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. Meanwhile, a probe is underway to find out who shot him. Also Read - Coronavirus In Lucknow: UP Law Minister Says Lockdown Possible, Situation Precarious
The deceased inspector has been identified as Subodh Kumar Singh. Protesters began pelting stones at the police personnel which injured a few people and claimed Singh’s life. To counter the violence, police opened fire at the protesters, stated reports. Also Read - These States May go Under Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Spike | Full List
Earlier, in the month of September, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had stated that the government will not permit the operation of the illegal slaughterhouses in the state, stated a report by Times of India. The UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief on the death of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar and a local Sumit. Adityanath also assured a speedy investigation and a compensation package for the victims.
This is not the first time that a clash has erupted between the locals and police personnel. On August 7 this year, a group of Kanwariyas turned violent and began smashing a police van after a fight with the locals in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, according to news agency ANI.
In yet another case in Uttar Pradesh, a dispute occurred between a group of Kanwariyas and local residents in Tanda town of Ambedkar Nagar district after the Kanwariyas refused to reduce the volume of the loud music, said police officials.
(With ANI inputs)