Locals from Bhojpur went on a rampage after cattle remains were discovered in one of the fields on Saturday morning. The protesters also damaged a bus, a light commercial vehicle and several motorbikes before the police arrived and pacified them.
The incident took place on Saturday morning at Abalpur after the remains of a slaughtered cattle were found in a field of wheat owned by one Om Prakash.
Later, the villagers arrived there and staged a protest against cattle slaughter. The police said a bus that was headed towards Dasna-Masuri was targeted by the protesters who broke its window panes.
“We reached the spot and pacified the locals. A bull which roamed around the area was slaughtered. We called up the veterinary doctor for ascertaining if it indeed were cattle remains. We have also lodged an FIR against unidentified persons and police teams are on the lookout for culprits,” said Devendra Mishra, circle officer, Modi Nagar.
According to sources, nearly four bus passengers suffered minor injuries, while the others fled to nearby fields. The protesters also damaged a bike and light commercial vehicle.
“The protesters were majorly young men from the village. Pradhans from nearby villages also arrived and pacified the crowd,” Mishra said.
In yet another incident late Friday, some miscreants torched the motorbike of a man from Khindora. They suspected that the vehicle owner was involved in the sale and purchase of cattle allegedly meant for slaughter.
“We sent police teams to the spot. Some persons used petrol and set it afire. We have also lodged an FIR against unidentified persons in this incident as well. Someone in the area spread a rumour that the man was involved in cattle trading and youths went on a rampage,” Mishra said.
The discovery of cattle remains is a frequent occurrence in Ghaziabad district. Recently, Sikandarpur area of Sahibabad had reported many such incidents.
On February 13, members of the Hindu Raksha Dal and locals staged a protest and also blocked the for a brief period after remains of slaughtered cattle was found in Sikandarpur in Sahibabad. The protesters alleged that the remains were of a cow and demanded strict action against the culprits.
In an incident in January 2016, cattle remains were found in the same area and the incident also evoked protests.
In December 2015, an animal slaughter allegedly took place in Sikandarpur. Following protests, staff of three PCR vans and the sub-inspector of Tulsi Niketan police post were suspended.