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2 killed in violence over cow slaughter in north India

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"These were suspected cow carcasses and the villagers were angry about it", Kumar told reporters. Inspector Subodh Kumar, who worked at the Siana Police Station, died in the violence.

"The UP Chief Minister directed officials for a thorough probe in the incident". Of the 28 individuals named in the FIR prepared by Bulandshahr Police on Tuesday, eight belonged to Right-wing organisations such as the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and BJP Yuva Morcha, said reports.

It's unclear when the violence broke out but one eyewitness, a man who works in a school near the police station, told the BBC that he could hear the two sides fighting for more than a half hour and gunshots rang out at regular intervals. They were named in an FIR lodged by the Uttar Pradesh Police against at least 80 people. The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Yogesh Raj, the Bajrang Dal leader accused of violence in Bulandshahr, says police is presenting him as someone with a long criminal history.

Singh was part of the team that initially investigated the infamous 2015 lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq, a 52-year-old resident of Bisara village, over allegations of cow slaughter in a district neighbouring Bulandshahr. Adityanath has now left Uttar Pradesh and is busy campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party in other states.

The opposition said that the CM seems to be more anxious about catching cow slaughterers than the killers of a policeman, reported India Today. "There were two incidents that happened on that day", he says referring to the Monday incident. Allegedly, the mob was also protesting against illegal slaughterhouses, reports The Quint.The District Magistrate further said that the protestors had blocked the roads in the area after the carcass of a cow was found.

"The chief minister has given assurance to the victim's family that they will remain like a family and there would not any disturbance in their studies", UP DGP OP Singh, who was also present at the meeting, told reporters.He said Adityanath had assured the family that education and house loans taken by them would be paid off by the government."The chief minister has assured us that he will remain with us in this hard time and will ensure justice for us".

The police wanted to calm the villagers down because thousands of Muslims had gathered over the weekend in Bulandshahr for a religious event.

The carcass was found in Jahangirabad area, 29 kilometres southwest of Mahaw village where the carcasses of at least 25 cows were recovered on Monday, they added.

According to The Indian Express, the inspector, Subodh was again attacked while he was being taken to the hospital.