Police have arrested three alleged cow slaughterers from Syana town of district Bulandshahr which witnessed large-scale violence earlier this month following reports of cow slaughtering in which two people, including a cop, were killed.

Police arrested Nadeem of Chaudhariyan locality, Raees of Akbarabad, and Kala of Pudawala locality of Syana town on Tuesday and recovered a Gypsy vehicle, knives, a rope, and a licensed DBBL gun from their possession. One of their aides managed to escape and raids are being conducted to arrest him.

SP (city) Bulandshahr Atul Kumar Srivastav said that the arrested cow slaughterers were sent to jail on Wednesday as they confessed to the killing of four cows in the jungle of villages Nayagaon and Mahav on December 1 and 2. The DBBL gun is owned by Nadeem who used it to shoot the cows in the jungle.

It may be noted that violence broke out in Chingrawathi of Syana on December 3 after the meat of slaughtered cows was recovered by the villagers who reported it to the police. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a local resident Sumit died in the ensuing violence following which police launched a manhunt to nab cow slaughterers.

These three cow slaughterers were arrested by SHO of Syana police station Kiranpal Singh and his team on Tuesday morning. During interrogation, they confessed that Harun shot dead a cow in the jungle of Nayagaon on December 1 and they divided the meat among group members while the carcasses were left in the field.

An FIR about these two incidents was registered against unknown persons at Syana police station.

The SP said that the arrested persons are different from the seven persons who were named by Yogesh Raj.

The four accused who were arrested earlier have been released as the charges against them could not be proved.