Why a policeman was killed over 'cow slaughter'

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The state government said it was also focusing on uncovering a possible "political conspiracy" behind leaving out animal carcasses in a state where the practice is banned and the slaughter of a cow remains a highly emotive issue.

Abhishek Kumar son of deceased cop Subodh Kumar who was shot dead yesterday during Bulandshahr clashes, on Tuesday presented a courageous face amid the unfortunate loss and asserted that his father always wanted his children to respect all religions.

She also blamed the UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath for the "deteriorating" condition of the state.

Meanwhile, senior superintendent of police KB Singh directed all 27 police station in-charges of the district to stay alert. The prime accused -Bajrang Dal's district coordinator-is still on the run.

It is unclear where the alleged cow slaughter occurred.

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Speaking in Hindi throughout the almost two-minute long video, the man said police were attempting to portray him as someone with a criminal record. He wrote on Twitter that the guilty will be punished, and that the state government has promised "extraordinary pension" for the family and a government job for a family member.

Asked for details of arrests or police action, he said it was "not a fit occasion" to talk about investigations.

Singh was part of the team that initially investigated the infamous 2015 lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq, a 52-year-old resident of Bisara village, over allegations of cow slaughter in a district neighbouring Bulandshahr. "I want to tell all of you that that day two incidents took place", he said.

The UP Chief Minister seems more anxious about cow slaughter than the life of a policeman in his state. "There were two incidents that happened on that day", he says referring to the Monday incident. According to the several villagers of Nayabans, apart from the two minors, the remaining five accused were not even present in the village at the time of the incident, according to Scroll.

"There were around 400 people from three neighboring villages".

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In a tweet, the Bulandshahr police said, as reported by The Indian Express, "Please don't spread misinformation".

The police wanted to calm the villagers down because thousands of Muslims had gathered over the weekend in Bulandshahr for a religious event.

"This morning carcasses of the cows were found dumped in a forest area outside the village".

A crowd angered over what they believed was the slaughter of the cow threw stones and torched vehicles outside a police station.

Police have yet to arrest the main suspect, who belongs to the hardline Hindu group Bajrang Dal, said Bholendra, a leader of the group, who goes by one name.

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