New Delhi: Sister of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was killed by a rampaging mob protesting over alleged illegal cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, has claimed that her brother was killed because he was probing Akhlaq case. (CLICK HERE FOR LATEST UPDATES ON THE INCIDENT)

She even accused the state police of conspiring her brother’s murder. She said, “My brother was investigating Akhlaq case and that is why he was killed, its a conspiracy by Police. He should be declared martyr and memorial should be built. We do not want money. CM only keeps saying cow cow cow.”

Meanwhile, police have arrested five persons, including Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj — the prime accused in the case, according to media reports. A special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed in the violence case. Police have raided many locations in search of the main accused. The police also lodged two FIRs in connection with the case. One FIR has been registered against the alleged cattle slaughter and the other one has been lodged against the violent protests that followed.

A total of 27 people, including Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, have been named in the FIR against violent protests. 60 unnamed people have also been mentioned in the FIR.

Meanwhile, son of the deceased cop raised the question on the security of the policemen in the state. Talking to media, he said, “My father wanted me to be a good citizen who doesn’t incite violence in society in the name of religion. Today my father lost his life in this Hindu-Muslim dispute, tomorrow whose father will lose his life?”

Many political leaders and ministers have criticised UP CM Yogi Adityanath for detoriating law and order situation in the state. As per initial investigation, it is confirmed that Inspector Singh and 20-year-old Sumit died of gunshot injuries. The autopsy report of the SHO revealed that he was shot in the head with a local-made .32 bore pistol.

Dadri Lynching

On September 28, 2015, an irate mob had lynched 55-year-old Akhlaq and seriously injured his son Danish, after an announcement was made in a local temple that Akhlaq had killed a cow’s calf and had stored and consumed the beef. The incident had taken place in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and had led to serious criticism of the Bharatiya Janata Party government. The ruling government was blamed for pushing a Hindutva agenda and leading an attack on minorities. It had started a debate about whether the government’s rise to power had lead to an increase in Hindutva fringe elements’ attacks on dissenting voices.

How it All Started

Trouble started on Monday morning when carcasses of the cows were found dumped in a forest area outside Mahaw village. Activists of right-wing organisations soon gathered at the spot and alleged that people of a community were indulging in cow slaughter.

Angry villagers and members of various Hindu groups brought the animal remains in a tractor-trolley to the Chingarwathi Police Chowki and demanded action against the culprits. They raised slogans against the police administration and blocked the Bulandshahr-Garh State Highway.

Bulandshahr District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha, Sub-divisional Magistrate Avinash Kumar Maurya, and other senior officials tried to reason with the protestors but they refused to budge. The protesters soon turned violent, pelting stones on policemen and indulging in arson, Jha said.