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Uttar Pradesh: Rumours of beef recovery create tension in Fatehpur; madrasa vandalised

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16th July, 2019 18:32 IST

Banda: Violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur district on Tuesday following rumours of recovery of beef in a village. It was reported that some miscreants demolished the boundary wall of a madrasa.

Rumours were doing the rounds that beef was recovered in Behta village, which falls under Bindki police station area. Some reports suggested that violence erupted after cattle carcasses were recovered in the village near a pond.

As the rumour spread that cow slaughter had taken place in the village, even people from the adjoining areas gathered and vandalised a madrasa. 

Superintendent of Police Ramesh said the miscreants also attempted to set fire to the property but failed. He added that there was no report of anyone receiving injuries in the incident.

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In a bid to keep the situation calm, police and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel have been stationed in the village.

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A case has been filed against Mushtaq and Munnu Shah, both are absconding. Tension continues to prevail in Behta village. Additional forces have been kept on standby by the authorities.

In Uttar Pradesh, 50 incidents of mob violence were recorded between 2012 to 2019. As per the data, 11 of around 50 victims have died and 25 of these were cases of a major assault, including those by so-called 'gau rakshaks' (cow protectors).

Notably, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a strict ban on cow slaughter in the state. 

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