Right-wing group activist accused in Bulandshahr violence absconding, 4 arrested

Policeman killed in UP

The Hush Post| 1815 pm|two-minute-read

An activist of a right-wing group is Accused No. 1 in the killing of a police officer by an irate mob. The mob chased his car and shot him after violence broke out yesterday as a result of cow carcasses being found in a forest in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr.

Yogesh Raj, a member of the Bajrang Dal and also the main accused is absconding. Four others have been arrested.

Yogesh Raj was the complainant in a case pertaining to cow slaughter after 25 carcasses were found by locals. He is also seen in a video in which a police officer tries to placate him.

Hundreds chased the cops, threw stones at them and burnt down police outposts and cars. A BJP lawmaker, Devendra Lodhi, said that violence erupted because the police took no action on the cow killings.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was trying to control the wild mob, was wounded in the head with a stone.

As his driver bundled him into his SUV and tried to take him to hospital, the mob followed the car, cornered it in a field and shot the police officer. “I ran for my life. I am not sure what the mob did when they reached the jeep,” the driver said.

In a chilling mobile video shot apparently by a person in the mob, the body of the inspector is seen hanging out of his SUV after he was shot dead.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who attended a sound-and-light show at his home-base Gorakhpur after the rioting, has announced Rs 40 lakh  for Mr Singh’s family, Rs. 10 lakh for his parents and a government job for a family member.

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