Mainpuri district Magistrate (DM) has suspended two revenue officials who allegedly submitted a false report claiming that a cow was slaughtered in Karhal town. The officials had also stated that they met the owner of the cow, another claim that was found to be “false” as the man they talked about had “died more than two years ago”.
The rumour about the cow slaughter had led to violence in Karhal last Friday. It all began when two men, Lalla and Shafeeq, were spotted skinning a cow carcass on the outskirts of the town. Both were attacked by a mob before police rescued them. Irked over the incident, locals torched police vehicles and vandalised several shops.
After the situation was brought under control, the DM had sent local lekhpal (revenue clerk) Arvind and revenue officer Amar Singh to verify if a cow was indeed slaughtered and whether the bovine belonged to one Ghanshyam of Karhal.
DM Chandral Pal told The Indian Express that both officials returned to him claiming that the information about cow slaughter was found true. They also claimed to have met Ghanshyam.
The DM said, he then asked the senior officials of administration and police to check the information provided by the two revenue officials. It was then found that Ghanshyam had died two-and-a-half years ago. Later, the autopsy report of the cow stated that it died of some disease around 24 hours ago.
3 held, 450 kg beef seized
Lucknow: Three persons were arrested from Bazarkhala area of Lucknow and 450 kg of “cow meat” recovered from their possession following a raid on Thursday night.
Those arrested were identified as brothers Zaid and Uvaish, residents of Billauchpura in the old city, and Farooq, a native of Gonda, police said, adding, their house was raided after a tip-off.
Bazarkhala SHO Chandra Prakash Singh said the accused have been booked under the UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act.
He said primary analysis, including tests by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, confirmed that the recovered meat was that of a cow, but the samples will be sent for forensic examination too. ENS
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