There are reports of a communal tension in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh after an angry mob attacked a butcher who was allegedly skinning a dead cow.According to eyewitnesses, a local Hindu in Karhal village had sold his dead cow to a butcher for skinning purpose.
The butcher was busy skinning the cow in a nearby bush, where he was confronted by an enraged mob, who accused him of cow slaughter.
Soon the situation turned tense and the police forces had to be deployed. The armed mob clashed with the men in uniform resulting in police firing.
The mob also set properties on fire.
Karhal falls in Mainpuri, which is the home town of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav.
Another part of the state was recently faced communal tension after a Hindu mob had lynched a Muslim man to death over rumours that he had eaten and stored beef inside his house.
Forensic reports had later conclusively established that the meat stored in the victim, Mohammad Akhlaq’s, fridge was of goat and not beef as was alleged.
The incident had caused huge global outrage leading to a fresh debate over cow slaughter and beef consumption in India. Severeal BJP and VHP leaders had visited the village, Dadri, on the outskirts of India’s capital New Delhi, and made communally charged statements.
Among those who visited included the BJP’s riot accused Sangeet Som and Sakshi Maharaj, VHP’s Prachi and the local MP Mahesh Sharma, whose comments that the lynching of the innocent Muslim man was just an accidents, prompted the demands for his sacking from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
It was later revealed that Som, who blamed the UP government for ‘protecting cow eaters’ was in fact a director in a meat company, which claimed to produce ‘finest quality of halal beef.’