Mainpuri (UP) : At least 21 people have been held in UP’s Mainpuri district for the violence that erupted yesterday following rumour of cow slaughter. Several shops and police vehicles were torched.
People in Nagaria village set police jeeps on fire and damaged several other vehicles as they were agitated over allegation of killing of a cow in the village, police said.
It was alleged that a cow, which was grazing in a field near the village, was whisked away for slaughter and its skin was being removed in a house when some villagers barged in, the police said.
SDM Karhal, Vijay Pratap said it would be known only after post mortem whether the cow was slaughtered as was being alleged by some persons or the skin of a dead cow was being removed.
The situation was under control and DIG, DM and SP were camping at Karhal with heavy police force.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav said attempts were being made to vitiate atmosphere in Karhal.
“Today, attempts are being made in Karhal (Mainpuri) to vitiate communal atmosphere. We are ensuring arrest of those involved in the incident,” he said.
Yadav also said that SP was fighting communal forces for a long time and would continue doing so.