UP gets NHRC notice over Mainpuri violence

Lucknow, Oct 20 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government over the beating up of two men accused of killing a cow in Mainpuri district.

The notices have also been served on the chief secretary and the director general of police.

The panel has called the reported incident a serious issue that disturbed the secular fabric of the country.

It asked the state government to take all possible steps, both preventive and punitive, to create an atmosphere of peace in society.

Violence broke out in Mainpuri on October 7 after rumours of cow slaughter. Angry crowds beat up two people and targeted police vehicles.

Seven policemen were injured in the violence. Later, 20 people were arrested for the violence. The NHRC has sought a report from the state within the next fortnight.

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