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SRINAGAR: National Conference Vice President, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday, reacting to the Bulandshahr incident where a mob attacked and killed a policemen over allegations of cow slaughter, stated that the killers would be eulogized by the ruling party as ‘heroes’, while in Kashmir, such people would have been called ‘terrorists’. In a tweet, he said, while sharing a media report: In Kashmir people who kill cops & snatch weapons are called terrorists. In UP the ruling party will fete & eulogise these killers as heroes. ”

The mob in Bulandshahr violence was allegedly led by Yogesh Raj, an activist of the rightwing group Bajrang Dal, who had complained to the police about cow slaughter after carcasses were found scattered in a forest. The police, trying to placate the protesters, came under attack and fired shots in the air as the situation rapidly spiraled out of control, the report stated.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International released a statement on the December 3 violence in Bulandshahr, placing responsibility on the ‘growing impunity’ for perpetrators of cow-related violence in Uttar Pradesh. The killed officer had been the investigating officer in the Mohammad Akhlaq lynching case.

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