A strong police contingent descended upon Hariya Hera village in Bhondsi when two communities clashed over cow slaughter on Sunday, leaving a few injured in brick-batting. Police had to fire a few rounds in the air to bring the situation under control.
A mob also blocked the Sohna highway, from Bhondsi bus stand to Islampur village, for hours. Although vandals among the crowd tried to loot a few trucks on the highway, police foiled their efforts.
"The rule of law shall prevail. We are trying so that the two communities patch up. An FIR has already been registered and the accused have been arrested. We have appealed to both the communities to maintain peace and communal harmony," said deputy commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi.
"The situation is very much in control since the police arrived at the scene in the morning. The station house officer of Bhondsi reacted very fast which prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn. We are keeping a watch on the situation. Senior officers are camping in the area and additional forces, too, have been deployed there. I appeal to both the communities to maintain calm," said commissioner of police Alok Mittal.
The commissioner told HT that three people named in the FIR over cow-slaughter had been arrested.
According to the FIR, three residents of Hariya Hera, belonging to the minority community, were booked under sections 3/8 and 5/8 of the cow slaughter Act. The three were caught red-handed with 170kg of beef from the house of one of the accused. There were three others, noted the FIR, who fled the scene as the policed raided the premises.
According to eyewitnesses, the cow slaughter was detected just after 9am on Sunday after which the police was informed. "Just as the police left after arresting two people and seizing the beef, the people from the community started firing and brick-batting. I was injured along with a few others, but the SHO, Bhondsi immediately arrived at the scene and saved us. My car was also vandalised," said an eyewitness.
Eyewitnesses also claimed that the police had to fire a number of rounds in air to counter the firing from the other side. Locals, including women, hurled bricks at the police from rooftops.
A private hospital in Badshahpur village confirmed that two youths from the majority community had been brought to the hospital with injuries.