At a security review meeting late on Tuesday on the Bulandshahr mob violence, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath focused on the allegations of cow slaughter.
A police inspector and a civilian were shot dead in the violence that erupted on Monday over allegations of cow slaughter in a village in Syana area of Bulandshahr in west Uttar Pradesh.
At the meeting held with top officials, hours before he left for poll campaign again in Telangana, Adityanath said the incident of alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr was part of a “big conspiracy.”
He asked the top officials to take “tough action” against those involved in cow slaughter, a government spokesperson said in a statement.
“The incident is part of a big conspiracy and all those involved in cow slaughter, directly or indirectly, should be arrested in a time-bound manner,” a government spokesperson quoted Adityanath as saying.
The Chief Minister also instructed all District Magistrates and district police chiefs to implement anti-cow slaughter laws and the shutting down of illegal slaughterhouses in the state, a decision taken by him after coming to power in March, 2017.
The officials have also been told to run a campaign to “expose” those “element spoiling the atmosphere” and take effective action against those involved in “plotting the conspiracy.”
Ex-gratia for family
The Chief Minister has meanwhile announced an ex-gratia amount of ₹ 10 lakh to the family of Sumit, the youth who was shot dead during the mob violence. His name had also featured in the FIR.
Adityanath is likely to meet the family of slain police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh on Friday.
2 minors booked?
Two residents of the Syana village, on Tuesday evening claimed, police have picked up two minors aged seven and 11 years, on charges of cow slaughter. The police have booked five other Muslims under various sections, including the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1995, based on a complaint filed by Bajrang Dal member Yogesh Raj. When contacted SSP Bulandshahr did not dismiss the theory but also did not confirm it. “We are verifying the facts,” had said SSP Krishna B. Singh.
Conspiracy, claims DGP
A senior cop, DG Intelligence, who was sent to Bulandshahr to conduct the preliminary probe, was also a part of Adityanath’s Tuesday’s meeting. His report is yet to be revealed.
A Special Investigation Team is probing the entire incident.
Adityanath had returned to Lucknow from Gorakhpur, where he attended a lights and sound show on the life of Maharishi Gorakshnath at the Gorakhnath temple in the presence of Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh on December 3, the day the violence broke out in Bulandshahr.
Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P Singh also said conspiracy was behind the Bulandshahr incident. Noting that the violence took place just three days ahead of the 26th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, Singh said: “As per our initial investigation we have found that it involves a conspiracy by some people… After all, what triggered the incident on December 3?”
IPS Association condemns attack
The IPS Association condemned the “lethal attack on inspector Subodh Singh, and said they “recognise his bravery & risks police officers are exposed to because of disruptive mob mobilisations.”
“We demand strongest action against perpetrators & instigators,” the IPS Association tweeted.
Om Prakash Rajbhar, a cabinet minister in the Yogi Adityanath government and president of the SBSP, a BJP ally, however directly blamed the right-wing groups.
He said the incident was a “conspiracy” by the VHP and its affiliates to instigate a communal riot to polarize voters.
“And it is unfortunate that people of VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP had gone there with the intention of rioting… Hindu-muslim. And an inspector became a victim of that,” said Rajbhar.