New Delhi/Lucknow: Three people including a leader of the right-wing group Bajrang Dal were arrested in connection with the violence over an incident of alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district that led to the death of two men – out of which was a police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh.
Syana Police have registered a case of murder and rioting against villagers after the violence in Mahav village on Monday. Police had named 28 people, including Yogesh Raj, convenor of Bajrang Dal in Bulandshahr, who had earlier lodged a complaint alleging cow slaughter, from nearby villages and 60 are unidentified.
The main accused, Yogeshraj, is the man who filed a separate complaint of cow slaughter.
A Special Investigation Team will inquire into the case, including why police inspector Singh was left alone by other policemen.
In a mobile video, the body of the inspector is seen hanging out of his black SUV after he was attacked with stones and shot dead in the mob violence.
Singh, who had probed the Akhlaq lynching case initially, and a 20-year-old man were killed as a mob resorted to violence protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter in Bulandshahr. Reports said Singh died of gunshot injuries. The mob also torched a police chowki and several vehicles in the violence which continued for hours.
Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the protestors from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones on police and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and Chingarwathi Police Chowki, after some body parts of cows were found in a jungle near the village, prompting the police to open fire.
Police said a youth identified as Sumit,20, also died of gunshot injuries sustained during the violence.
As tension prevailed in the area following the violence that lasted nearly three hours, the Uttar Pradesh government deployed additional police, including over 1,000 personnel of anti-riot forces, and ordered multiple probes — by SIT, ADG-Intelligence — and a magisterial inquiry.
Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Rajasthan for election campaign, said strict action will be taken against the guilty after the probe reports are received.
In Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a total of Rs 50-lakh assistance to the kin of Inspector Singh. The government said Rs 40 lakh would be given to his wife and Rs 10 lakh to his parents.