Bulandshahr violence: Adityanath meets family of slain policeman, assures all possible help
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday met with the family of the policeman, who was killed in the Bulandshahr violence that broke out on Monday after remains of a cattle were found in a field.
A mob of some 400 people, including right-wing activists, violently rampaged through the Chingrawathi village, apparently after cow carcasses were found strewn in a jungle nearby. It led to the deaths of inspector and Syana Station House Officer Subodh Kumar Singh and 22-year-old undergraduate student Sumit Singh.
The mob set dozens of vehicles on fire, hurled stones and even fired from guns at the police, who also retaliated with gunfire.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh had initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq
The police officer's family travelled from Etah to the Chief Minister's home in Lucknow this morning.
Adityanath had invited massive criticism after he kept silence over the killing of the policeman, but declared probe over cow slaughter, at a security review meet.
The chief minister was also facing flak from the opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday (December 3).
Subodh Kumar Singh's wife had cried conspiracy, saying he was killed because he was probing the Akhlaq lynching case. His son had alleged that he lost his life due to the Hindu-Muslim dispute.
The chief minister reportedly told the family the government was with them and all possible help would be extended to them.
Adityanath also assured the family that he would pay back the Rs 3-lakh loan on their name.
He had earlier declared a Rs 50-lakh compensation to the family.
Earlier yesterday, Yogesh Raj, the prime accused in the violence, pleaded innocence in a video message.
In the video, the local leader of the Bajrang Dal denied the charges, saying he was not present when the clashes erupted.
The Bajrang Dal had reportedly, on Wednesday, asked its Bulandshahr convenor Yogesh Raj to surrender before police and said it believed he was innocent. The right-wing group also demanded a probe into the incident by the CBI, saying the police themselves were the complainant.
Meanwhile, a new video has surfaced online, suggesting the 20-year-old youth, who was killed in the violence, could be a part of the group that pelted stones on policemen.
It is not clear whether the three-minute mobile phone video is original or edited and police said it would comment only after it is examined.
The latest video is believed to have been filmed before Sumit was shot and reveals new details about the killing of Subodh Kumar.
Sumit Kumar, along with some youth, was seen pelting stones on the police. A wild mob is seen running down the street, chanting "maaro, maaro [attack]".
After that, it can be seen, Sumit was shot and taken to hospital by his accomplice, as reported by PTI.
(With inputs from PTI)