Two dead in violence over cow slaughter rumours

Two dead in violence over cow slaughter rumours

New Delhi (Web Desk): Police in northern India have arrested at least four people for their alleged involvement in an attack on police over rumours of cow slaughter that left two people dead, including a police official.

The chaos began after beef and a few animal bones were found in a field in a village.

The incident took place on Monday in the city of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh state. The area is 300 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the state capital.

Senior police officer Pravin Kumar said on Tuesday that a case was filed against 28 people who allegedly set a police outpost on fire and killed a local police inspector. Another man also died in the violence.

Kumar said police arrested four people and were looking for the main suspect, Yogesh Raj. While it was not clear if any hard-line groups were behind the attack, Raj is alleged to be a member of right-wing Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a Hindu group that opposes cow slaughter.

Cow slaughter is banned in parts of India, including Uttar Pradesh.