Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse protesters on Saturday as tension prevailed in Sihora town of Madhya Pradesh after the carcass of a calf was found at a market place.
The district administration made it clear that the wounds on the calf were caused by stray dogs even as rightwing activists raised provocative slogans alleging cow slaughter.
“The calf was in poor health over the past few days”, Jabalpur district collector SN Rupla told media persons adding that the autopsy clearly showed that the wounds were not man-made.
“Even some of locals have confirmed that the calf was ill and was unable to move around”, he said.
A crowd gathered at the market place to protest after the carcass was removed to a veterinary clinic for post mortem.
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 by revenue and police authorities.