The lynching of a man in Bisada village last week over rumours that he had slaughtered a cow has spurred authorities in Uttar Pradesh to frame guidelines to dispose of cow carcasses.
Under the new guidelines, a police inspector must record a ‘panchnama’ on the natural death of a cow in Gautam Budh Nagar district in the presence of a village headman and four other persons.
NP Singh, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, said the guidelines were framed on Monday to rule out rumours about cow slaughter.
“The new guidelines to dispose of the body of a cow have been framed to rule out any rumour of cow slaughter in the district. Rumour-mongering by notorious elements disturb the peaceful environment. The new guidelines will stop any rumour of cow slaughter,” he said.
A ‘panchnama’ is usually recorded during the investigation of the death of a human. It is recorded in the presence of ‘panchas’ or independent and unbiased members of the community who are called in to verify the police version. A panchnama is record of what the ‘panchas’ see and lists information about a crime scene.
The fragile peace in Dadri was disturbed over the weekend when two carcasses of purported calves were found in the area. The district administration took prompt action and mobilised forces to control the situation.
The first carcass, said to be of a calf, was found in a drain at Chithera village late on Sunday night. Chithera is located just seven kilometres from Bisada, where a mob lynched 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq last week over rumours that he had slaughtered a calf.
Residents of Chithera gathered around the drain and shouted slogans. They were planning to block a nearby road when police swung into action and controlled the situation.
In another incident, tension gripped Badalpur area when some people stopped a man who was allegedly carrying a dead calf on his two-wheeler on Monday morning.
The man, who was detained by police, told officials he was the owner of the calf which had died because of some ailment.
District magistrate NP Singh said: “We held a meeting with the headmen of 20 villages at the NTPC guest house in Dadri. In the meeting, we asked village headmen to maintain peace in their respective villages. We told them not to rely on rumours. We asked the village headmen to inform the local police inspector or any official of the district administration in case of any cow death reported in their village.”