Over a month after the Bulanshahr violence, when an inspector and another youth were killed, the Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested one of the main accused Shikhar Agarwal, media reports said on Thursday.
The Times of India reported that Agarwal " a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader who was accused of instigating violence " was nabbed from Hapur in the early hours of Thursday. He was on the run ever since the police began investigating the violence which broke out in Siyana tehsil of the district on 3 December, 2018.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar of Chingrawathi village were killed in the mob violence that broke out after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a village.
After the incident, Agarwal had released a video in which he blamed the slain inspector for the violence in the district. He claimed that it was Singh who created tension in the public over the dead cow carcasses after stopping Agarwal and his aides from taking them to the Chingrawathi police station to file an FIR over the alleged cow slaughter.
In the video, Agarwal further claimed that Singh threatened to kill him and his aides and he later conveyed the same to ADG Avinash Chandra Maurya.
His arrest comes weeks after the arrest of another main accused, Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj.
On 7 January, the total number of arrests in the case reached 35 after the arrest of Pawan Kumar, an accused in case.
Twenty-seven people were named in the FIR, while 50 to 60 unidentified people were booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 307 (attempt to murder), 302 (murder), 124A (sedition), 147, 148, 149 (related to rioting), 332, 33, 353 (related to voluntary assault on public servant to obstruct them from performing their duty), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others). They were also booked for destroying public property, among others.
With inputs from PTI