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Guwahati: Tension shrouded Dhubri and Cachar districts of Assam as people clashed with police on Saturday following the discovery of cow body parts near temples. The clash left a few injured.  Curfew has been imposed in Dhubri district to prevent the incidents from spilling over.

Police said the ruckus started in Agomoni in Dhubri district on Friday evening after a group of people thrashed two youth alleging that they intentionally kept some beef near a temple in Kaldoba area.

Though police intervened and managed to contain the situation immediately, things went haywire on Saturday morning as hundreds of people belonging to one community protested against the assault on the two youths.

Police sources said the agitating mob vandalised shops and commercial establishments in Agomoni area and set ablaze a motorcycle.

Police resorted to baton-charge to subdue the situation which left many injured.

Police made 19 arrests so far for inciting violence.

Meanwhile, tension gripped Silchar town of Cachar district after the recovery of a cow’s head near a Kali temple in Meherpur area on Friday evening.

Despite the police managing to control the situation on Friday night, people from one community brought out a protest rally in Silchar on Saturday morning.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi alleged the involvement of “fundamentalist forces” behind the incidents and said some people were trying to foment communal tension. He said police received intelligence inputs and were able to prevent the clashes before they could spread.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Public Safety Threatened As Stray Cattle Takes To The Street in Agra

District authorities in Agra, Mathura and Aligarh have had a series of meetings to resolve this problem.

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Bulls and cows are a growing nuisance and pose a threat to public safety in several districts of Agra.

From bulls going on the rampage and attacking humans, to stray cattle entering fields and destroying crops to the fear of cow vigilantes after the ban on cow slaughter, the stray cattle menace is leading to resentment among all.

On Friday, a 22-year-old motorcycle rider was killed after being hit by a bull on Fatehabad road.

In Etmadpur and other areas, farmers locked cows and bulls in schools and government health centres as the animals routinely enter farmlands and destroy standing crops.

Above all, tension prevails in the neighbouring Iglas town of Aligarh after a dozen cows were found buried alive in a dry canal.

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Cow vigilantes have demanded firm action but so far no arrests have been made.

“Our labour and resources are all going waste because of hundreds of cows entering our fields and destroying our crops,” complained Ram Bharosey, a villager in Farah block in Mathura.

In the past one week, there have been half a dozen incidents of desperate and frustrated farmers locking stray cattle in government schools.

“Children have had to miss classes as there is no space and there are only cows in the school complex,” said Anek Singh, a farmer.

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Indian cow. Pixabay

Police sent to villages to drive away the cattle have had to face the ire of the locals who want the Yogi government to urgently open gaushalas (cow shelters).

“The bovine population has suddenly multiplied. Groups of villagers with lathis in hand have to patrol villages to drive cows away. If you do not keep vigil, the crops would be gone in a few hours,” Subhash, a village level worker, said.

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District authorities in Agra, Mathura and Aligarh have had a series of meetings to resolve this problem. Gram panchayats have been asked to earmark pasture land and provide support to gaushalas.

“In this extremely cold weather, villagers are forced to spend the whole night in the fields to keep the animals away,” said a farmer. (IANS)