Bulandshahr: In another twist in the macabre tale of violence from Bulandshahr, now the father of the youth who died has demanded that Sumit Kumar’s name be removed from the FIR. The 20-year-old had died in the protests over alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr on December 3. (Also read: Slain Inspector’s Kin Allege Murder, Prime Accused on Run)
Sumit’s father was quoted by ANI as saying, “We have been going without food for three days. If our demands are not met and his name is not removed from the FIR, we will continue this, even if we die in the end.”
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police DGP saw a “conspiracy” behind the violence. It was not merely a law and order issue, said Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh, two days after Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and Sumit, were killed in the mob violence that broke out after carcasses were found strewn in a jungle.
With lakhs of people collected for a ‘Tabligi Ijtema’ (congregation of Muslims) 40 km from Mahaw village where the skeletal remains were found, police also succeeded in containing what could have been a communal riot, he said. “We are not only seeing it as a law and order issue. It was a conspiracy and we are probing why the particular day – December 3 – and place on which the cows were slaughtered and their remains spread in the field were selected,” Singh told PTI.
He said two FIRs have been filed. “One FIR is about cow slaughter and the other is on the violence. The probe is on in both the matters,” he said.
Those named in the FIRs will not be spared, the DGP declared.
“We have asked the Special Task Force (STF) to identify those behind this incident as those behind the conspiracy should be booked,” he said.
Asked whether it was an attempt to vitiate the atmosphere ahead of the demolition anniversary, the DGP said, “We are looking at all angles, including the selection of place (for cow slaughter) and timing of the incident.”