Bulandshahr: Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the mob violence in Bulandshahr that led to the killing of a policeman and a youth, continues to be absconding since Monday.
The western Uttar Pradesh unit of the right-wing organisation was absconding after mob violence over alleged cow slaughter that killed a police inspector and a youth in Bulandshahr on December 3.
Till now, four persons have been arrested in connection with the mob violence that took place on Monday.
Earlier today, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the family members of slain Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and assured them of justice.
On Wednesday, a video emerged in which the accused could be seen claiming innocence, saying he was not present at the site.
The right-wing group also asked him to surrender before police and said it believed he was innocent.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who had initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq, and a 20-year-old local man, Sumit Kumar, died of gunshot injuries on Monday as a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post in Bulandshahr and clashed with cops.
Raj is among nearly 90 people booked for rioting and violence.
Police are investigating the incident that led to two people dying of gunshot injuries on the basis of two FIRs — one on cow slaughter and the other on violence.
Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh suggested there was “conspiracy” behind the violence.
With lakhs of people collected for a ‘Tabligi Ijtema’, a congregation of Muslims, 40 km from Mahaw village where the cattle carcasses were found, police also succeeded in containing what could have been a communal riot, he told PTI.
IG Crime S K Bhagat, replying to a query on the possibility of a conspiracy, said that the initial probe has found that the carcass was old. “The cow carcass is being assumed to be at least two days old. The final conclusion will be a based on a forensic lab report,” he told reporters.
On Monday, 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.