Bulandshahr Violence: No Fair Probe; Police Under Pressure, Says Ex DGP

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Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was targeted and killed in mob violence; and vehicles torched by the mob of Hindu activists in Bulandshshr. — File photo

Former DGP S R Darapuri questions the inability of the investigating agency to trace the Hindutva members responsible for the Bulandshahr violence which claimed the life of two, including that of an inspector

Ghazanfar Abbas | Caravan News

NEW DELHI — It has been more than two weeks but there is still no trace of the prime accused in the Bulandshahr violence, who are responsible for two deaths, one of the killed being an inspector – Subodh Kumar Singh, investigating the Dadri lynching case. The violence had been sparked in the name of alleged cow slaughter.

However, the police claim to have arrested the three accused of slaughtering cow – Nadeem, Raees and Kala. They also have recovered a Gypsy, two double barrel guns, meat chopper, knives and a wooden block from the accused.

The action perhaps comes in accordance with the order of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had ordered the police to take strict action against those involved in cow slaughter. Following which the police had arrested four – Yasin Khan and Mohd Hussain, residents of Naya Bans village, the two accused were two minors – Sarfuddin (11) and Parvez (12).

All the arrests made by the police were on the basis of an FIR lodged by Yogesh Raj, Bajrang Dal’s district convener, the prime accused of inciting violence and the killing inspector Singh. Raj in the FIR had claimed that he had seen seven men slaughtering cows in Mahaw village. Surprisingly, those arrested in connection with the case, have not been named in Raj’s original complaint.

Unfair investigation due to political pressure

Speaking to Caravan Daily, state’s former DGP S R Darapuri maintained that UP police is under political pressure because the main culprits involved in the violence and killing are members of right-wing groups affiliated to BJP.

“The proceeding so far in this case seems to be politically influenced. The main culprits of the conspiracy behind the violence are yet to be arrested simply because they are the members of the outfits which are affiliated to BJP. In cow slaughter case the FIR filed by Yogesh proved to be wrong. Reportedly the carcasses were brought there and no cow had been slaughtered there. It was a conspiracy to trigger a big riot. So the police, under pressure is not carrying out a fair investigation. In the name of cow slaughter, Muslims are being arrested but those who were involved in the conspiracy of riot, their arrests are not being made,” Darapuri said.

On December 3, according to the police, right-wing members protesting against an alleged cow slaughter after having found cow carcasses in the field went on a rampage and attacked the Chingrawati police outpost in Bulandshahr district. They pelted stones and torched several vehicles. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was posted at Siana Police Station, died on the spot after receiving a fatal gunshot in addition to other wounds from hard and blunt objects.

Bajrang Dal’s district head of Bulandshahr Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the case.

Police had registered two FIRs – one for cow slaughter and another for violence. Besides Bajrang Dal members, police also booked some members of BJP’s Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), VHP and Shiv Sena among a total list of 27 identified accused. The FIR has also included 60 unnamed people for having incited the mob violence. BJYM worker Shikhar Agarwal and BJP IT cell’s convener in Siyana, Vikrant Tyagi, are among those named in the FIR.

While the police are yet to arrest Raj, he earlier this month released a video while absconding. In this video, he has denied the charges levelled against him.

Court gets into action, serves notices

On last Friday (Dec 14) police served court notices to Raj along with 23 other individuals accused in the case, asking them to surrender immediately. In the order, the magistrate court declared those accused and absconding as proclaimed offenders. The order also had a warning that properties will be confiscated if they fail to surrender within a month.

The chief judicial magistrate court further issued a non-bailable warrant against Raja and 26 others who have been listed as the key accused in the violence and SHO killing on Thursday (December 13).

Meanwhile, the police arrested Sachin alias Kobra (21) and Joni Chaudhary (19), who has also been accused in the violence case.  Earlier three accused had been sent for 14-day judicial custody by the District Court. Despite all a huge number of accused are still at large despite the Special Investigating Team (SIT) investigating the case.

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