New Delhi: Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the killing of a policeman during mob violence over alleged cow slaughter in UP's Bulandshahr, was arrested on Thursday.
After the death of the police officer, Yogesh Raj was on run for the past three days. A day earlier, Raj had released a video from a secret place, claiming that he was not present at the site of violence and had nothing to do with the protests. He also alleged that the UP police were trying to portray him in bad light.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh died of gunshot injuries in the attack.Bajrang Dal's western Uttar Pradesh region co-convenor Praveen Bhati also claimed that Raj had nothing to do with the violence.
Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh suggested there was conspiracy behind the violence. The cattle carcasses were found 40 km from Mahaw village where lakhs of people collected for a 'Tabligi Ijtema', a congregation of Muslims. OP Singh said that the police could prevent a communal riot with timely intervention on the issue. Many people kept away from their homes, fearing arrest in connection with the two FIRs registered by police — one over the alleged cow slaughter and the other for the violence that followed.
The wife and sister-in-law of Rajkumar Chaudhary, a former Mahaw village head and one of the 27 named accused in the FIR, alleged vandalism and assault by the police. The carcasses were found on his fields and he and some others from the village are absconding.
The villagers claimed people that the Bajrang Dal came to the spot from outside and insisted on taking the carcasses to the police post. But the police visited their village, they said. Two of the accused in the case are minors, aged 11 and 12, while one, Sarfuddin, is claimed to have been wrongly named in the FIR. (UNI)