Key suspect Yogesh Raj arrested in Bulandshahr violence case

A police inspector, Subodh Singh, and a civilian were killed on December 3 in the mob violence that broke out in Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh.

Lucknow: Yogesh Raj, a key accused in the mob violence in Bulandshahr in which a police inspector and a civilian were killed, has been arrested, police said Thursday. Raj, the local convenor of Bajrang Dal has been absconding since the violence on December 3.

Raj, “Accused no 1” in the killing of the police officer in mob violence over alleged cow slaughter, was on run since the incident took place. He was handed over to cops by leaders of his Bajrang Dal.

He was arrested around 11.30 pm on Wednesday night from the Khurja T-point on National Highway 91, the police said. Earlier on Wednesday, Satish and Vineet, accused of violence, and Azhar, accused in the cow slaughtering case, had surrendered in the local court in Bulandshahr.

“Yes, Yogesh Raj has been arrested. He is undergoing medical examination and would be produced in the local court later today for legal proceedings,” Circle Officer (Siyana) Raghvendra Kumar Mishra told PTI Thursday morning. Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar, 20, were killed of bullet shots during the mob violence.

Raj has been accused of instigating mob violence on December 3 after the discovery of cow carcasses from a forest. He had filed a complaint of cow killing naming 10 accused.

In the video message, Raj claimed he was in village Mahaw, where the cow slaughter allegedly took place. In the 1 minute 42 second video, Raj blamed the police for portraying him as a history sheeter and said the Bajrang Dal had merely demanded an FIR be filed over the cow slaughter allegations.

Inspector Subhodh Kumar Singh, who was on duty when the violence broke, was attacked by the mob of around 400 people, who hit with rocks and then beat him with sticks. Then they chased his car to a field where he was killed. A 20-year-old local man also died in the violence.

(With inputs from agencies)