Two days after the killing of police inspector Subodh Kumar in violence in Bulandshahr, the incident was termed as a big conspiracy by the Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh. It was not any law and order issue, he said.
“The incident in Bulandshahr is a big conspiracy. This is not only a law and order issue, how did the cattle carcass reach there? Who brought it, why & under what circumstances?” Singh said while talking to the media on Wednesday.
Of the seven people from Naya Bans named in an FIR on cow slaughter related to the mob violence here, two are pre-teens, one does not stay in the village and a fourth was away at a Muslim congregation 40 kilometres away, angry villagers said Wednesday.
The police on Wednesday arrested four Muslim men for the alleged cow slaughter that triggered the protests. Interestingly, the Bulandshahr Police arrested the four men under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act on a complaint filed by Raj, a Bajrang Dal member.
Bajrang Dal's Bulandshahr convenor Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the mob violence in the district who has been absconding since Monday, issued a video message on Wednesday claiming innocence, saying he was not present at the site.
The video, in which Raj chants 'Jai Shree Ram' and introduces himself as the Bulandshahr district convenor of the Bajrang Dal, has been played by several local news channels.
He says in the video that in the alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr, which led to the violence, the police are portraying him as if he is a "history-sheeter".
"There were two incidents that happened on that day," he said referring to the Monday incident.
"The first incident was related to cow slaughter at Mahav village near Siyana. When I got information about that, I reached there with my supporters. The police also reached there and we went to the Siyana police station for filing our complaint (about cow slaughter)," he said.
Raj said that while he and his supporters were still at the police station they got to know that villagers were pelting stones.
"There had been firing as well and a youth and a policeman have sustained gunshot injuries," he said.
The Bajrang Dal's Bulandshahr convenor also trashed allegations that the group was involved in the violence.
The right-wing group also asked him to surrender before police and said it believed he was innocent.
The right-wing group also demanded a probe into the incident by the CBI, saying the police themselves were the complainant.
The FIR is based on a complaint filed by Bajrang Dal's district convenor Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the violence that broke out Monday after cow carcasses were found strewn in a jungle, killing a police inspector and a 20-year-old man, police officials said.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will meet tomorrow the family members of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was killed in the Bulandshahr violence.
The chief minister will meet them at his Kalidas Marg residence here, an official spokesman said Wednesday.
Adityanath had declared on Monday a compensation of Rs 40 lakh for the wife, Rs 10 lakh for the parents and a government job for a member of the family of the inspector, who was also an Investigating Officer (IO) in the 2015 Akhlaq lynching case.
The chief minister last night ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western UP district.
Adityanath held a late night meeting here with the chief secretary, the DGP, the principal secretary (home) and the additional director general of police (intelligence).
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who had initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq, and a 20-year-old local man, Sumit Kumar, died of gunshot injuries on Monday as a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post in Bulandshahr and clashed with cops.
Raj is among nearly 90 people booked for rioting and violence.
Watch: UP DGP O P Singh calls the incident 'big conspiracy'