Chief Minister, also instructed all District Magistrates and district police chiefs to implement anti-cow slaughter laws.
Holding a security review meeting the Bulandshahr mob violence, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has chosen to focus on the allegations of cow slaughter.
A police inspector and a civilian were shot dead in the violence that erupted over allegations of cow slaughter in a village in Syana area of Bulandshahr, in West Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
In a review meeting held with top officials late on Tuesday, hours before he leaves to campaign again in Telangana, Mr. Adityanath said the incident of alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr was part of a “big conspiracy.”
He asked 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 Mr. Adityanath.
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.
A senior cop, DG Intelligence, who was sent to Bulandshahr to conduct the preliminary probe, was also a part of the meeting. His report is yet to be revealed.
A Special Investigation Team is probing the entire incident.
Mr. 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.
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.
While confronted by reporters in the east UP district on Bulandshahr, Mr. Adityanath evades the questions and walks towards his vehicle, as shown in a video footage.
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 Mr. Rajbhar.
Did UP police book two minors?
The question was hanging in the air till late on Tuesday as two residents of the Syana village came out and alleged that there were two minor boys among those booked. While one was 11, the other was 12.
Mohammad Hussain, another resident of Naya Bans, also made the same charge, saying police had come to the house of Yasin. Hussain, who runs a garment shop, said his younger brother was also one of the accused in the cow slaughter case. The name features in the FIR at number 7.
However, Hussain claims his brother was falsely booked and that he was attending the Ijtema, a major Muslim congregation being held in Bulandshahr, over the weekend. “He was on duty there and there all cards and records to show his presence,” Hussain told The Hindu over phone.
When contacted SSP Bulandshahr did not dismiss the theory but also did not confirm it. “We are verifying the facts,” said SSP Krishna B. Singh.
On the complaint of Bajrang Dal member Yogesh Raj, seven Muslims had been booked for cow slaughter and charged under Sections 3, 5 and 8 of the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1995 and Section 295 of the IPC.
In his complaint to police, Yogesh Raj, says that on Monday morning at around 9 am he along with his friends, namely Shiv Kumar and Saurabh, were roaming around the Mahav jungle area when they allegedly spotted the accused persons slaughtering a cow. Upon seeing Yogesh Raj and his friends, who raised a cry, the accused fled from the spot, notes the FIR. “Our Hindu sentiments were hurt,” said Yogesh in his complaint.>