Bulandshahr: The Uttar Pradesh police have donated a sum of Rs 70 lakh as compensation to the family of deceased inspector Subodh Kumar Singh. “In addition to the Rs. 50 lakh compensation offered by UP government, we too have donated Rs. 70 lakh on our own will,” senior police officer, Prashant Kumar told news agency ANI.  The inspector was killed in the Bulandshahr mob violence that took place in December 2018.

A report by Times of India quoted Rajni Singh, the deceased Inspector’s wife as saying, “Though I would pray that none of the police officers’ wife should go through the trauma of losing one’s life partner like me but at the same time I am overwhelmed by the noble gesture of the entire police force of Uttar Pradesh that has stood with us in the time of crisis.”

Violence broke out in Bulandshahr after cow carcasses were recovered from a forest near Mahaw village. ADG (Law and Order) reportedly said that activists of right-wing organisations alleged that certain sections of a community indulged in cow slaughter. Enraged by the incident, villagers and members of various Hindu groups demanded action against those involved in the cow slaughter. The cow carcasses were brought in a tractor-trolley to the Chingarwathi Police Chowki by the villagers and Hindu groups. They went on to block the Bulandshahr-Garh State Highway and even raised slogans against the police administration.

A delegation led by CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat which visited the violence-hit area accused the Yogi Adityanath government of deflecting attention from the police officer’s killing. “A deliberate and motivated effort is being made by the state government to concentrate attention on the ‘cow killing’ aspect of the case and deflect attention from the heinous murder committed on December 3. A SIT (special investigation team) was formed to achieve this end,” the party alleged in a statement.

(With Agency inputs)