Sahibabad residents and members of Hindu Raksha Dal staged a protest and blocked the Delhi-Wazirabad Road for nearly half hour on Monday after they allegedly found remains of a slaughtered cow in Sikandarpur in Sahibabad. The protesters demanded strict action against the culprits.
Animal slaughters have been regularly reported from Sikandarpur since 2015, which has a mixed population of Hindus and Muslims. Since the discovery of the remains on Monday morning, members of Hindu Raksha Dal alleged that cow slaughter goes unchecked in the area.
“Such incidents of cow slaughter are common here. Such incidents have taken place and time and again over the last few years. The police assured us that the culprits will be caught and punished. In a protest against the incident, we blocked the road and also raised slogans against officials,” Pinki Chaudhary of Hindu Raksha Dal said.
Incidents of animal slaughter evoke communal tension, especially in western UP. Gauging the sensitivity of the issue, the police pacified the protesters and seized the animal remains. The road was also cleared off.
“The animal was a calf and we are trying to trace the culprits. I have ordered an FIR against the unidentified persons,” Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (SP-city), said.
In an incident in January 2016, cattle remains were found in the area and the incident had evoked protests. Then, the police had set up a temporary picket to maintain round-the-clock vigil.
“The picket set up earlier was a temporary one. This time, we have demanded a permanent picket. Such incidents have become common here and hurt the feelings of a particular community,” said Kallu Dagar, a protester.
An incident of animal slaughter was reported from Sikandarpur in December 2015 as well. Following protests, three PCR van staff and the sub-inspector, in charge of Tulsi Niketan police post, were suspended.
“We will try to set up a permanent picket here. The police presence remained thin as the majority of personnel were busy with the election process,” the SP said.