3 people arrested over killing police by mob violence in India

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NEW DELHI, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Three people including a local level leader of Hindu right-wing organization were arrested in the killing of a police officer by a mob in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said Tuesday.

Subodh Kumar Singh, an inspector in police, was killed when protesters led by right-wing Hindu groups clashed with police over their alleged inaction to prevent cow slaughter in the area.

The irate mob on Monday chased the officer's car and attacked him in Bulandshahr, about 517 km northwest of Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.

The mob also torched a police station and cars in the district.

Besides, an 18-year-old protester was killed and another policeman was injured in the violence.

"So far three men have been held in connection with the killing of a police officer and police are now looking for 24 others suspected to be involved in killing," a police official said. "We have also detained few others for questioning."

Police have registered cases of rioting, attempt to murder and destruction of property against 50 unnamed people in the matter.

Authorities have deployed thousands of police and paramilitary force personnel in the area to contain violence and prevent further protests. Shops and schools in the area are shut, reports said.

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath announced a compensation of 5 million Indian Rupee (71,023 U.S. dollars) for the family of slain police officer.

Meanwhile, authorities have formulated a special investigation team to probe the killing of police officer.

Cow slaughtering is a sensitive issue in India and sometimes flares up communal passions. Majority of Hindus consider cow to be sacred, and its slaughtering is banned in most Indian states.

To defend cows, groups under the patronage of right-wing Hindu organizations have come up in rural areas of India to protect them and stop sale of beef. The groups routinely check vehicles and often beat up cattle traders. Enditem

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