December 3, 2018 / 2:26 PM / in 7 days

Policeman and one other dead after violence over cow slaughter in north India

NEW DELHI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - A senior policeman and another man were killed on Monday in violent protests over a dead cow, an animal sacred in Hindu culture, in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, police said.

A crowd angered over what they believed was the slaughter of the cow threw stones and torched vehicles outside a police station.

The officer died when he was hit by stones and the other person was shot dead, senior police official Anand Kumar said in a televised news conference.

“Villagers complained after they found a dead cow, and took to the streets to protest. They blocked a road with a tractor and pelted stones,” he said.

So-called cow vigilantes have attacked and killed a number of Muslims involved in transporting cattle to slaughterhouses in recent years. However, the exact circumstances of Monday’s protests were not clear.

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan and Himani Singh; Edited by Martin Howell and Angus MacSwan

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