A DAY after the police recovered a vehicle carrying six animals, including a dead cow, in Rampur police station area in Saharanpur district, a mob allegedly led by BJP supporters torched the seized vehicle at the Malipur police outpost where it was parked.
Even though the occupants of the vehicle had escaped, the police managed to rescue three cows and two buffaloes and handed them over to the local villagers.
SHO, Rampur police station, Anil Tyagi said, “A mob of nearby villages led by BJP workers arrived at the Malipur outpost around 11 am and before the policemen present there realized their intention, they had torched the vehicle while raising slogans.”
The protesters escaped from the spot by the time additional force arrived, the SHO added.
A case has been registered against the unidentified occupants of the vehicle on charges of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Uttar Pradesh Cow Slaughter Prevention Act while another FIR has been lodged against the mob on different charges including arson, Tyagi said, adding that the police is examining footage of the persons indulging in arson.
DIG, Saharanpur Range, J K Shahi said the mob included workers of Shiv Sena and BJP. They have been identified and efforts are being made to arrest them, he added.
When contacted, BJP’s Saharanpur district president Vijendra Kashyap denied the allegations of involvement of any BJP worker in the incident.