Rajasthan: Clashes over cow slaughter in Hanumangarh; section 144 imposed

Days after continued clashes between the state police and locals over incidents of cow slaughter, a curfew has been imposed in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan and internet services have been suspended in the Chiriya Gandhi panchayat and Gandhi badi areas of the district till further notice.

Reportedly, protestors had demanded legal action against the ones who were allegedly involved in cow slaughter on Eid on July 11th, 2022. The accused Amin Khan, Faruq, Anwar and Sikandar Khan have been all arrested by the police.

Locals had began protesting on Tuesday, demanding strict action against the accused after the complaint of cow slaughter was reported on 11th July in the Chiriya Gandhi panchayat. After the police arrested the accused and began investigating the matter, it was confirmed that the accused had slaughtered a cow on the occasion of Eid when the FSL report corroborated the fact that the meat was from a cow. As per reports, the protestors were then dispersed by the police and some were arrested as well.

On Wednesday, the villagers, both men and women, had gathered on the site to protest against cow slaughter amidst the slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Clashes then erupted between the protestors and the deployed policemen when the latter tried to disperse the villagers from the area. Stone-pelting was also reported; due to which many police personnel including ASP Suresh Jangid, Bhirani SHO Om Prakash Suthar, who suffered a head injury and Bhadra police station in-charge Ranveer Sai were injured.


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