Four persons have been arrested and four detained after a police officer was shot dead allegedly by a mob that surrounded policemen at a village in western Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, including the main accused, identified as Yogesh Raj. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, before he was shot dead, reportedly tried to control mob violence in the village after carcasses of 25 cows were found in forests close to a police post. A local man was also killed in an hour of violence provoked by allegations of cow slaughter. The mob also burned down a police station and set fire to several vehicles.
Video footage, recorded from a cellphone, shows Subodh Kumar Singh's limp body in his car with its windscreen shattered and doors open.
A post mortem report confirmed that Mr Singh died of bullet injuries. The mob that allegedly killed him took away his service gun and mobile phone as well.
BSP leader Mayawati hit out at the BJP over the violence in Bulandshehr. "The BJP is responsible for providing sanction to all kinds of chaos," said Mayawati in a statement.
Efforts are on to identify the men seen in the video. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked for a preliminary report over the incident within two days. A compensation of Rs 40 lakh was also announced for his wife, Rs 10 lakh for his parents as well as a government job for a family member.
Here are the highlights on the Bulandshahr violence in Uttar Pradesh:
Why is it that every time there is a case of violence driven by hate, members of the BJP are involved in some way? https://t.co/6C0fGYJspn- Congress (@INCIndia) December 4, 2018
An activist of a prominent right-wing group is "Accused No. 1" in the frightening murder of a police officer by a mob that chased his car and shot him in violence yesterday over the slaughter of 25 cows in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandhshahr. Yogesh Raj, a member of the fringe group Bajrang Dal, is missing while two have been arrested for the killing.
Police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a few other policemen were trying to control the mob when they were outnumbered and the situation went out of control.
The activist of a prominent right-wing organisation and main accused in the frightening murder of a police officer in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr has been arrested. A mob had chased the police officer's car and shot him in violence yesterday over the slaughter of 25 cows in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr.
"As UP & the country descend into complete lawlessness, Yogi & Modi look to reap electoral benefits over the deaths of Muslims, Dalits & now even PoliceMen!" the CPM said in the tweet.
Lynch mobs and vigilante groups are now killing policemen in uniform at the behest of BJP-RSS.- CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) December 4, 2018
As UP & the country descend into complete lawlessness, Yogi & Modi look to reap electoral benefits over the deaths of Muslims, Dalits & now even PoliceMen!#BulandshaharViolencepic.twitter.com/YMp6uAEffR
"State government has said that whoever is responsible will be brought to justice without any bias. I appeal to people to stay cautious of the elements who are creating unrest for their own interests," he said.
Yogesh Raj, the main accused, is a member of the Bajrang Dal. He was the man who had filed a complaint about cow slaughter after 25 carcasses were found in the forests in the area last evening.
He has now been arrested.
A police inspector was shot at, hit on the head with a blunt object in the violence that started with the discovery of carcasses of at least 25 cows in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr.
When :- Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) December 4, 2018
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Two people have been arrested and four have been detained for allegedly killing police officer Subodh Kumar Singh in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr.