Udhampur Incident: Govt says Case Solved, Mulls PSA Against Rumour Mongers



Tension gripped Udhampur town early morning today after some people alleged cow slaughter in the vicinity of town which was later found to be false information.

DC Udhampur rushed the Executive Magistrate, CEO Municipal Committee and a team of veterinary doctors accompanied by police team under Dy SP Gaurav MahajanĀ  to the spot to enquire about the case. The case was found to be natural death, an official statement said Saturday late evening.

Addl Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur Angrez Singh Rana along with Addl SP Mohan Lal Kaith, on behalf of district administration held a press conference along with the owner of bovine to clarify the alleged bovine killing incident ruling out any foul play.

The reported incident of cow slaughter in vicinity of Udhampur town has come out to be a natural death case. The owner of cow has been identified as one Jia Lal Atri S/O Munshi Ram Ramdasi R/O Village Sambal. The owner admitted that the animal died few days back which was disposed off through a sweeper namely Dulla on payment of Rs 3500. However, the same was disposed in open by Dulla.

Meanwhile, the district administration appealed the people to maintain calm and restraint and not to get driven by rumours spread on social media or otherwise.

Action is also being taken against some rumour mongers who spread the false news of alleged brutal murder of cow to create communal tension that lead to massive protests in the town. The situation was however defused after the facts came to light and owner admitted the natural death.

Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has reiterated the seriousness of law enforcement authorities for strict action against persons taking law into their hand. He instructed the police for formulating dossiers of rumour mongers to be booked under Public Safety Act, if necessary.

At least 12 rumour mongers have been shortlisted for legal action.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary along with DIG Surinder Gupta, SSP Suleiman Choudhary, Addl DC Angrez Singh Rana, Addl SP M L Kaith and ACR Rajiv Magotra reviewed the prevailing situation and the security review was followed by visit to various areas in the town.


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