Lucknow: The main accused in the Bulandshahr violence case has been arrested. ANI reported on Thursday morning that Yogesh Raj has been arrested. More details are awaited. (Also read: ‘You See 2 Deaths, Ignoring Killing of 21 Cows,’ Says BJP MLA)

Raj’s arrest comes close on the heels of the arrest of Kalua, the man accused of attacking Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh with an axe during the December 3 violence over alleged cow slaughter.

The arrest of Kalua from a bus stand on the night of New Year’s eve took the total number of accused held in this case to 30, a police officer said. Kalua told police that on December 3, he was felling a tree to block a road. When the inspector stopped him from doing so, he attacked him with an axe, the officer said.

On December 27, police had arrested Prashant Nat, who allegedly shot the inspector dead after the axe attack.

Speaking to a TV channel, Bulandshahr SSP Prabhakar Chaudhary had said, “It also emerged that during the violence the inspector had opened fire in self-defence from his service pistol, which hit Sumit Kumar, and the five or six other men with Prashant then surrounded the inspector and shot him. They also tried to set him on fire him.”

“Kalua had first attacked the policeman with a sharp weapon and chopped off his thumb,” Chaudhary said. Prashant Nat, the man who allegedly shot Singh dead during mob violence over alleged cow slaughter, is in judicial custody.