21 arrested for violence in UP over cow slaughter rumors

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On charges of violence that erupted yesterday after an angry mob went on the rampage allegedly over rumors of cow slaughter, 21 people have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri district. Several shops and two police vehicles were set on fire. According to the District Magistrate, violence started after a cow’s carcass was found near a field at a village here, which triggered rumors that the cow was slaughtered. But this was proved to be false when a postmortem was conducted. However, the situation is now under control as per the reports of the district magistrate.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police of the area has been suspended and luckily no was injured in the violence. Two weeks ago in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri, nearly 300 kilometres from Mainpuri, a 52-year-old man was killed by a mob allegedly after rumors that he had killed a calf and had kept beef in his house. Mohammed Akhlaq and his 22-year-old son Mohd Danish Saifee were dragged out of their house by around 100 villagers and beaten with bricks. Danish has been in hospital since the attack.

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