Slain UP Police officer's family meets CM

Indo Asian News Service

Lucknow, Dec 6 (IANS) The family of slain Uttar Pradesh Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was killed allegedly by cow vigilantes in Bulandshahr, met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Thursday and was promised all help for his sons to pursue their education.

Adityanath met Sunita, the officer's widow, and her two sons Shreya and Abhishek at his residence here. The elder son, Shreya, is studying MBA and Abhishek engineering.

Assuring them all help, Adityanath said his government would not only take full responsibility of their education loans but would also give a government job to one of the family members.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Director General of Police O.P. Singh said Adityanath assured the family that they need not worry about the education of the two children as it was now the responsibility of the government.

The Chief Minister "would be with them in their hour of tragedy and would always remain by them", Singh told IANS.

The Inspector was hit by a stone and then shot dead in Monday's violence that erupted after cow vigilantes blocked a main road alleging cow slaughter. A civilian was also killed in the violence.

But the prime accused in the mayhem - said to be Bajrang Dal's district coordinator Yogesh Raj - remains at large. The police have arrested four others named by Yogesh Raj in one of the two FIRs alleging cow slaughter.

Two high-level meetings regarding the Bulandshahr incident have taken place between the police brass and the Chief Minister.

But there was "no clarity on the line of action" with regards to the arrests of men belonging to the VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP named in another FIR, informed sources said.

Two press notes released by the Chief Minister's Office made no mention of the lawlessness blamed on the rightwing Hindu groups but spoke in detail about how strict action should be taken against people involved in slaughter of cows or running illegal abattoir.

"It is now proved beyond doubt that the police are deliberately not taking any action against the Bajrang Dal leader as they have connections with the BJP," Vaibhav Maheshwari, the state spokesman of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), told IANS.

--IANS

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