Yogi Adityanath reportedly told officers: “Tough action needs to be taken against those who carried out cow slaughter.”
LUCKNOW – A day after the mob frenzy over cow carcasses allegedly found in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district in which a police inspector and a local resident were killed, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a late night security review but kept the focus firmly on cow slaughter and ordered to speed up the arrests for cow slaughter but was silent on cop’s murder, according to a report in NDTV.
While no mention of the cop’s murder during the deliberation in security review meeting of the chief minister was disheartening and startling, a second government statement came saying that CM Yogi would meet the family of the policeman. The gap between the two statements pointed at damage control, feel critics.
The Chief Minister was quoted in a government press release as telling officers in the meeting: “Tough action needs to be taken against those who carried out cow slaughter.”
Yogi Adityanath reportedly ordered the arrest of everyone related to the slaughter of cows and strict ban on illegal slaughterhouses. There was not a word about the two murders, the statement reveals.
Two cases were filed after the Monday incident – one on the murders and the other on cow slaughter.
Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the mob-killing and an activist of the right-wing group Bajrang Dal, is the complainant in the cow killing case. He is missing. He had named seven people from a village near the spot where the dead cows were found. Two of them are boys, 11 and 12 years old, and four others appear to be fake names.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh of Syana police died on duty trying to control the mob of certain right wing groups who had blocked the road to protest alleged cow slaughter and pelted stones on police officials. He sustained fatal head injuries by stones and also a bullet hit him in the head. Post mortem report confirmed the reason of death due to bullet shot and injuries caused by stones.
The deceased inspector’s family members blamed the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of playing cow politics that caused his death.
“My brother was investigating Akhlaq case & that is why he was killed, its a conspiracy by the Police. He should be declared martyr and memorial should be built. We do not want money. CM only keeps saying cow cow cow,” sister of Inspector Subodh Kumar said.
Inspector Subodh Kumar had investigated the mob lynching case of Mohammad Akhlaq over rumor of beef consumption at his home in Noida’s dadri village during a certain period from Sept 28, 2015 till Nov 9, 2015.
For the meeting in Lucknow Yogi Adityanath flew down from Gorakhpur where he attended a sound and light show on Monday night and a kabaddi tournament on Tuesday.
(With inputs from NDTV)