The youths had forced the temple priest to make the announcement, the police said, adding that it triggered the attack.

The FIR lodged in this connection has no mention of beef. The police claimed that the cow slaughtering was just an allegation by the assailants.

"FIR has been lodged under IPC section 147 (Punishment for rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 302(murder), 307 (Attempt to murder), 458(house-trespass or house-breaking), 504 ( Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace)," an officer said.

Ten people have been named as accused along with over a hundred unknown assailants. The FIR was lodged on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim's family. Seven of the accused were held yesterday.

"The priest and two youths who forced him to announce beef rumour are the major links. Further probe will reveal the exact sequence of events as to how it all happened," Superintendent of Police (rural) Sanjay Singh said.

District Magistrate N P Singh said that Magisterial inquiry has been started. "Situation in Bisrakh is under control and magisterial inquiry has been initiated and peace committees are also trying to maintain communal harmony," the DM cited.

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