He said the constables were in the process of shifting Subodh Kumar from the site but the police jeep came under mob attack.
Police would try to determine the age of the cow carcass, police official Anand Kumar said when asked if there had been a conspiracy to vitiate the atmosphere by using a dead cow brought in from elsewhere. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
There was a report of a youth succumbing to injuries received in police firing, but there was no official confirmation.
Police fired shots in the air as hundreds of villagers, incensed over the death of the sacred animals, threw stones at officers sent to quell the violence in Bulandhahr district's Chingravati village in northern Uttar Pradesh state. The police officer was maintaining protocol by responding to a crime call.
They said 27 people have been named in the FIR while cases have been lodged against 50-60 unidentified people.
The troubled district of Bulandshahr has seen many vioelent attacks in the past.
Bulandshahr: "It is my father who lost his life this time, who is going to be the next?"
Sharing his last conversation with his father, he said: "I had spoken to him one day before the incident".
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Credit PTI
Police told the BBC that some members of the mob were armed with homemade revolvers and opened fire first.
The mob fury was triggered by the alleged seizure of cow carcasses from a jungle outside Mahaw village.
"He should be given a martyr's status and a memorial should be constructed in his name in our native place", she said.
In Chingrawathi village, Sumit's family initially refused to conduct his last rites until the government assured Rs 50 lakh compensation, pension to his parents and a police job to his kin.
Bulandshahr MP Bhola Singh and local MLA Devendra Lodhi, both from the BJP, visited Sumit's family in Chingrawathi.
"Police should have registered the case, filed an FIR and taken action accordingly", Lodhi told PTI.Congress leader Manish Tewari described the incident as "very sad and condemnable", and claimed attempts were being made to instigate communal violence ahead of the polls.
A Special Investigation Team has been formed to investigate the cow slaughter and the mob violence.
"The people named above continued to incite violence".
Two accused persons have been arrested in connection with Subodh Kumar's murder, Additional Director General (ADG) of the Meerut zone, Prashant Kumar said.
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