New Delhi: Out of the seven persons named in the FIR lodged by the police against the alleged cow slaughter that led to the brazen killing of a policeman and a youth in mob violence in Bulandshahr, two are children aged 11 and 12 years, according to media reports.
The complaint was filed on the basis of statement given by Yogesh Raj – the Bajrang Dal activist who has been named the prime accused in the second FIR against the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a passerby by a rampaging mob over the alleged cow slaughter.
He has been absconding ever since his name cropped up in the police FIR. The authorities said they are conducting raids to nab him.
Media reports cited parents of the minors that they are stunned how their children have been named for cow slaughter. Father of one of them even claimed that they were not even in the village when the incident took place.
They said that police came to their house and after initial investigation, they took the children to the police station where they kept them for around four hours.
“We hardly spoke there. I was not feeling well. I had never been inside a police station before. After my uncle said that we were younger than 18, he was asked to get our Aadhaar cards to confirm the age,” News 18 quoted one of the minors as saying.
When asked about the minors being questioned over cow slaughter, police sources said that they are duty-bound to include their names in the FIR, which has been lodged on the statement by Yogesh Raj.
The development comes amid the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government facing the flak over the incident, with chief minister facing opposition’s criticism for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur while the city was on a boil following the mob killing.
The police on Tuesday said they have arrested four persons in connection with the mob violence led to the brazen killing of Inspector Singh and a youth Sumit. They said the main accused Yogesh Raj is still absconding.