Why Are PM, Home Minister Silent on Bulandshahr Violence, Ask Rights Activists

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(L-R) Swami Agnivesh, John Dayal and Prof. Apporvananda Jha

Ghazanfar Abbas | Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI— Questioning the silence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Bulandshahr violence perpetrated by members of right wing groups in which a police officer was killed on Monday, eminent activists have blamed BJP’s top leadership for “impunity to Gundaraj” that prevails under the government of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to Caravan Daily, they held “politics of hate” by BJP, its patron organisation RSS and affiliated outfits responsible for deteriorating law & order situation across the country in the last four and half years of BJP rule.

Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh said, “Whatever happened in Bulandshahr is the result of hatred sowed by Narendra Modi, Yogi Adityanath and Amit Shah. First we saw this in Muzaffarnagar riots (2013) and today we see it in Bulandshahr. It is repeatedly happening in the name of cow. The BJP government should go and legal action must be taken against perpetuators.”

Agnivesh himself was attacked twice by saffron activists earlier this year – first in July by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists at Pakur district in Jharkhand and then in August outside the BJP headquarters in Delhi when he came to pay his respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after his demise.

On Monday (December 3), according to the police, a crowd protesting against an alleged cow slaughter went on a rampage and attacked the Chingrawati police outpost in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. They pelted stones and torched several vehicles. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was posted at Siana Police Station, suffered a fatal gunshot injury in addition to wounds from hard and blunt objects.

Mob Culture Taking over Law & Order

Prof. Apoorvanand of Delhi University said, “I think the Bulandshahr is happening everywhere. This time a police officer was killed and it shows the extent to which this culture of impunity has emboldened ‘Mob Culture’ or ‘Gunda Culture’ which is taking over law & order in India. Earlier, in the name cow protection and ‘love jihad’ they were killing Muslims and Christians and enjoyed impunity, now if a conscientious police officer comes and tries to enforce law, he is attacked and killed. So India has to seriously think where it has reached.”

“A Bhasmasur was released four years ago and now this Bhasmasur has turned on Hindus. Hindus will have to seriously think that unless they put this jinn back into the bottle, many more Bulandshahr will happen,” he cautioned.

CM Yogi’s ‘Gundaraj’

“CM has asked police to take strong action against cow slaughter but not a word against violence and killing of this police officer. It was predictable and nothing surprising for me that the attackers and planners of the attack belong to the larger Sangh fraternity, an organisation affiliated to Sangh and close to BJP. All over India, this is what we have been saying that RSS affiliates are involved and now they are under Gundaraj,” Prof. Jha said.

Police on Tuesday booked Yogesh Raj, Bajrang Dal’s Bulandshahr district head as the main accused along with some members of BJP, VHP and Shiv Sena among 27 with 60 unnamed people for the mob violence. While three accused have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days by District Court, Raj has not been arrested yet.

On the complaint of Yogesh Raj for alleged cow slaughter, 6 people, two of them are said to be minor boys of 11 and 12 years respectively, were booked. Three of them are said to be fake names. However, after media cry, names of minors have been removed from the FIR.

CM Yogi who met the family of deceased inspector Subodh Kumar at his office in Lucknow on Thursday, announced a compensation of Rs 40 lakh for cop’s wife, Rs 10 lakh for his parents & a government job for a kin. He ordered strict action against alleged cow slaughters but remained silent on those accused of violence.

An SIT (Special Investigation Team) has been constituted under IG of Meerut range to probe into the entire incident.

Silence of Modi, Rajnath Singh

Criticising CM Yogi, renowned human rights activists, John Dayal said, “Any law abiding chief minister would have tendered resignation after a policeman lynched by a mob belonging to the party of chief minister. This is multiple violation of every concept of the rule of constitution. Policemen and the Chief Minister took oath on the same constitution but we are living in a situation where violence has been outsourced. And therefore, a few policemen who want to be loyal to the law and their office and work are suffering.”

“The problem is that the government is silent, Director General of Police is silent, Home Minister of India is silent and of course the Prime Minister is totally silent,” Dr Dayal said.

Saying that in every lynching, members of Sangh, Bajrang Dal, VHP etc are involved, Dr Dayal said, “It is impossible for Mr. Modi to carry democratic agenda because of crony capitalism and other multiple problems India is facing including the failure of economy…so he has no option but to fall back on an ever increasing radicalization, polarization and ever escalating atmosphere of hate.”

Questioning the silence of PM Modi after the Bulandshahr mob violence that created tension in the region, Twitter was abuzz with people accusing CM Yogi for the deteriorating Law & Order situation in Uttar Pradesh while he was busy in election campaign in other states.

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