Bulandshahr violence: Main accused complained about cow slaughter

5 Arrested In UP Cop Murder; Main Accused Had Complained Of Cow Killing.

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. 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. Four others have been arrested.

The police were targeted by an angry mob when they tried to clear a road blocked by local people and right-wing activists on a truck with the animal carcasses in it. Hundreds chased the policemen, threw stones at them and burnt down their police outpost and cars.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was trying to control the wild mob, was wounded in the head with a stone.

As his driver bundled him into his SUV and tried to take him to hospital, the mob followed the car, cornered it in a field and shot the police officer. “I ran for my life. I am not sure what the mob did when they reached the jeep,” the driver said later.

In a chilling mobile video taken apparently by a person in the mob, the body of the inspector is seen hanging out of his SUV after he was shot. As several gunshots ring out, a mob is seen running around, shouting “goli maro” (shoot him).

Mr Singh died of a bullet wound below his left eyebrow, says the autopsy report. The mob took away his service gun and mobile phone.A local man was also killed in an hour of violence.

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