Muzaffarnagar: At least eight persons including children and policemen, were injured after a group of people resorted to stone-pelting when a police team raided some Muslim houses on information of cow slaughter at Sherpur village.
SP city Rakesh Kumar Singh told PTI trouble started when the police raided a house of one Islam and Hasrat after they received information about cow slaughter on police helpline no. 100.
The police raided a house of one Islam and Hasrat over cow-slaughter rumours
The police raided the house at the time of Iftar to which Islam objected and asked them to leave after showing them the cooked potato curry.
Failing to find any evidence of cow slaughter, the police started opening the lid of the utensils which was cooking on the stove and started searching it.
The police threw potatoes and cabbage in the courtyard and started asking where the meat is. The police during investigation also used abusive language with the residents.
According to a villager named Shajad, the police were asking where the meat is. When he told them that he did not know and was observing fasting, the police kicked and slapped him.
When the police did not find any suspicious item during the search, they started searching nearby houses which angered the people, an eyewitness claimed.
Angry over the police action, people from the neighborhood assembled and started pelting them with stones.
Three police motorcycles were also set ablaze, police said.
He said that senior police officers have rushed to the spot and the situation is under control.
Security has been tightened up in the area and extra police force has been deployed in the village to ease the tension, police sources said.
With agency input