In the latest incident of violence in Muzaffarnagar, as many as 270 people have been booked by the police. The violence was sparked when a police team raided some houses based on information that a group was indulging in cow slaughter. The protesters resorted to stone pelting, which resulted in injuries to several people include five policemen. Soon after the violence, the police filed cases against 270 people include the head of the village. The protesters have been charged with rioting, participating in unlawful assembly, damaging public property, attempt to murder and related offences.
Sources said that the people got angry because the police did not find anything suspicious at the targeted house, after which they started searching nearby houses at random. The police started searching other houses since they believed that the cow or beef may have been shifted to some other house, after information may have been leaked that the police was going to conduct a raid. The protesters also set ablaze two motorcycles during their violent agitation.
Meanwhile, the area’s Superintendent of Police has transferred several policemen including the sub-inspector of the police outpost. Extra forces have been deployed in the area to keep a check on the situation.