UTTAR PRADESH: Following violence of beef eating rumours that were being spread in Akhilesh Yadav ruled Uttar Pradesh, 21 people have been arrested in the Mainpuri district of the State.
Violence erupted on Friday after an angry mob went on the rampage reportedly over rumours of cow slaughter. The violence led to several shops and police vehicles being set on fire.
Mainpuri is situated around 100 kms from Agra and approximately 200 km from the U.P. capital, Lucknow.
As informed by the District Magistrate, Chandrapal Singh, the violence began after a cow’s carcass was found near a field of the village. The people who usually remove bodies of animals had taken away the cow and were removing its skin. This led to the rumours that the cow did not die naturally but was slaughtered. “But when a post-mortem was conducted, the rumours were found to be false and the situation was is under control now,” Chandrapal was quoted as saying in a media report. (Also Read: A man found dead in Bisada Village; Death linked with the Beef lynching case)
No injuries were fortunately reported following the violence. The police did arrest those who were spotted removing the skin of the cow. The Deputy Superintendent of Police of the area has also been suspended. (Also Read: Sakshi Maharaj sparks row, ‘Ready to kill and get killed to protect cow from slaughter’)
The DM informed Singh of filing an FIR against 29 named persons and 250 unidentified people for violence.
Last month, in a similar rumoured incident, 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was beaten to death by an angry mob in the Dadri area of Uttar Pradesh. It was rumoured that he had killed a calf and had stored beef in his house.
Akhlaq, along with his 22-year-old son Mohammad Danish Saifee, was dragged out of his house by approximately 100 villagers and attacked with bricks. Danish is still being treated in a local hospital following the assault.
The prime accused in the Dadri incident is 22-year-old Vishal Rana, son of BJP leader Sanjay Rana. (Also Read: #BeefMurder: 8 out of 11 accused related to BJP leader; Sangeet Som promises them bail)