BULANDSHAHR: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday said that the main conspirator behind the rampaging mob violence in Bulandshahr which left a police officer and a young man dead was the Bajrang Dal man main ass Yogesh Raj, who is on the run.
Although the police refused to identity who Yogesh Raj was, informed sources said he was a Bajrang Dal activist who was part of a mob that incited the crowd to attacked Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh on Monday, killing him instantly.
“When we reached, a crowd had gathered… the SHO tried to reason with them but they did not listen and started throwing stones. After that, Yogesh Raj and other people reached Chingravati police post around 1.35 pm and became more violent… The accused incited the crowd and started attacking with the intention to kill us using illegal weapons, and sharp-edged weapons and sticks. The SHO was shot during the attack,” states the FIR filed on the complaint of police officer Subhash Chandra, who was with the SHO at the time of the tragic incident.
Singh was hit by blunt object and was also shot dead when he tried to reason with the rampaging Hindu activists blocking a busy road with carcasses of animals they claimed were of cows. The death of the cop in the violence raked up a controversy with various claims doing rounds how he died.
Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told the media here that “no action will be taken against any policemen till the probe into the incident is completed”.
He also dismissed as speculation reports of intelligence failure as “premature” and said everyone should wait for the probe to conclude before arriving at any conclusion.
The state government has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the violence, the circumstances leading to it and to identify the people and organisations involved in the mayhem.
The officer said that a .32 bore bullet was found lodged in the head of Subodh Kumar Singh.
He said a bullet had also been recovered from the body of the dead youth, Sumit, but added that only an autopsy would confirm further details.
The senior official parried questions about the political links of the three key accused who are also said to include an activist each from the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
“I am not aware of any linkages as yet. But yes, Yogesh Raj is the main conspirator in the whole case,” he said, adding that he was yet to be arrested.
Police teams are trying to arrest Yogesh, who is a distinguished man in the city. The police were raiding several places to nab the accused, the official said.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), 28 persons have been named while 60 persons have been listed as unidentified in the Monday’s incident. Police have arrested four people and detained five others in connection with violence