Dehradun, August 3: Communal tension gripped Satpuli town of Pauri district on Wednesday after a man was arrested for allegedly having sex with a cow. The situation turned violent in Satpuli town by afternoon after which the local administration was forced to deploy heavy police contingents in the area. Also Read - Vistara Marks Entry Into Uttarakhand, Launches Flights on Delhi-Dehradun Route

As news of the incident spread across the hill town, members of Bajrang Dal and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) forced a shutdown in Satpuli market. The members of right-wing organisation vandalised shops, including the furniture shop of the accused, and gheraoed the Satpuli police station, demanding immediate action against the accused. Also Read - Top Five Destinations Near Delhi-NCR That Are Safe For Travel Amidst COVID-19

As soon as the complaint of Baleshwar Chaudhary was registered, owner of the cowshed where the incident happened, the 23-year-old accused was booked under section 377 (unnatural sexual offences) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Also, Read – Lynchings by cow vigilante are targeted killings: TMC Also Read - Maharashtra Makes Eco-Friendly Rakhis With Cow Dung From Gaushala This Raksha Bandhan

A Times of India report said that Baleshwar Chaudhary also owned the commercial premises where the accused has a furniture shop. The report further added that his mother caught the accused having sex with the cow and raised an alarm.

Police officials said that a team of veterinarians from the city came to the spot and collected samples which will be taken to a forensic lab for examination.

As the situation went tense in the region, police officials along with sub-divisional magistrate, rushed to the town to diffuse the tension.

Jagat Ram Joshi, Pauri SSP said, “Additional force was moved in the region to take control of the situation and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) was also called as a precautionary measure.”

Twelve-years ago the accused and his family came from Uttar Pradesh and settled down in Satpuli. The district witnessed communal tension even in July after a youth had allegedly posted some objectionable content against Hindu gods.