The police on Saturday resorted to lathi charge to disperse a crowd in Sihora area of Jabalpur district after the carcass of a cow-calf was found lying in the market.
When the news spread, the saffron brigade activists assembled at the spot and allegedly raised provocative slogans to protest what they said was a case of ‘cow killing’.
The district administration immediately swung into action and sent the carcass for autopsy and made it clear that the injury marks on the carcass were not caused by any man but some stray dogs.
Jabalpur district collector SN Rupla told media persons that the autopsy report also confirmed this. “The calf was in poor health and was ailing for past few days,” he said.
“Even some locals have confirmed that the calf was ill and was unable to make much movement,” he added.
The district collector and other authorities are camping in the town. Sihora sub-divisional magistrate Rishi Pawar said there was no violence and the situation was being closely monitored.