New Delhi, Oct.20 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that tension prevailed in Mainpuri District of Uttar Pradesh after rumours of cow slaughter triggered violence on October 7.
The protesters had vandalized properties, targeted police vehicles and resorted to arson. Seven policemen had also been injured in the incident.
The commission observed that the reported incident, if true, is a serious issue disturbing the secular fabric of the country. State should take all possible steps, both preventive and punitive, to create an atmosphere of peace in society so that the cherished fundamental right of freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion does not come under any threat.
Accordingly, it has sent notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Government of Uttar Pradesh, calling for a report on the matter within two weeks.
Reportedly, twenty one people were arrested for violence even as the Circle officer was suspended for alleged laxity. An FIR had been lodged against 29 people and 250 unidentified people for violence. (ANI)