Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday said the murder of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh by a mob in Bulandshahr was an “accident” and not a “mob lynching”.
On Monday, a mob of some 400 people violently rampaged through the Chingrawathi village in Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found near a village. The ensuing violence claimed the lives of inspector Subodh Kumar and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar.
Two policemen have also been transferred in the case. The circle officer of Siana Satya Prakash has been transferred to a police training centre in Moradabad while the local chowki in-charge Suresh Kumar has been transferred to Lalitpur district.
No lynchings in UP
Adityanath’s comment came in Delhi at an event hosted by a Hindi newspaper, a day after he ordered strict action against cow slaughter, unlawful trade in cattle and illegal slaughterhouses, saying district magistrates and other senior police officials would be held personally responsible for any lapse. Yogi had earlier said the incident was the result of a “big conspiracy”.
“There is no incident of mob-lynching in Uttar Pradesh. The Bulandshahr incident is an accident and the law is taking its course. No guilty will be spared,” the chief minister said.
There have been 16 reported incidents of cow-related mob violence in Uttar Pradesh between 2015 and 2018, killing nine.
The Uttar Pradesh government has come under severe attack after the Bulandshahr incident with the opposition raising questions over the law and order situation.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav blamed the “dangerous policies” of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the mob violence in Bulandshahr and said that panicked by their shrinking base they were fanning communal passions.
The Congress on Thursday also attacked the BJP over the Bulandshahr mob violence, claiming the ruling party’s “true dream or version of new India” is to transform “Hindustan into lynchistan”.
The police have arrested nine accused but the main conspirator Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, continues to be at large.