Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe into the reportyed cow slaughter in Bulandshahr that led to violent clashes on Monday, resulting in the murder of police officer Subodh Kumar Singh. Singh was the investigating officer of Md Akhlaq lynching case in 2015. He was instrumental in having all the accused arrested in the case.
Adityanath, who was enjoying light and music show in Gorakhpur the day a part of his state burned, reportedly flew to the state capital and chaired a meeting of high-ranking officials. He reportedly ordered a probe into the reports of cow slaughters in the area. He, however, refused to comment on the murder of Singh, allegedly by members of the same militant outfit that he had founded before becoming the chief minister.
A video of Adityanath smiling while ignoring reporters’ questions on Bulandshahr has now gone viral on social media platforms.
EXCLUSIVE: Here's what UP CM Yogi Adityanath said on the killing of the cop in #Bulandshahr.
Dear media friends in Gorakhpur, stop calling him mahant ji or maharaj ji first of all. He is a chief minister, needs to ne addressed like that! Get it STRAIGHT! pic.twitter.com/sOBdG53eF1
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) December 4, 2018
Meanwhile, Adityanath has also ordered a monetary help of Rs 10 lakh for one pro-Hindutva protester, who was had joined the violent clashes alleging cow slaughter in the area. This has raised serious questions on the intention of the state government in light of a latest revelation that cow may have been slaughtered by members of militant Hindutva groups.
A video posted by journalist Vinod Kapri on Twitter shows protesters having a conversation about the presence of a ‘trolley’ in the area even as burning raging fires can be seen in the background. To which, one voice says that the trolley had the slaughtered cow and the individual, who had slaughtered the cow was one Kundan, a Hindu boy. Kapri later wrote that he had shared the video with the UP Police.
1 video,मृत गाय,कुछ आवाज़ें,जो इशारा कर रही है गहरी साजिश की।गाय की तस्वीरें मैंने एडिट कर दी हैं।
“ये ट्रॉली(जिसमें मृत गाय है)किसलिए?”
“ट्रॉली में कैसे(गाय को)भर के लाए?”
“वे भर के लाए हैं”
“यहाँ काटी है गेट में”
“कुंदन ने काटी है”
“(गाली)ने काटी है”#Bulandshahar pic.twitter.com/YyT45fWFpQ
— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) December 4, 2018
What’s astonishing is that police have named minors in the FIR related to cow slaughtering in the area. According to The Hindu, Yasin Khan of Naya Bans said that police had come to his house in search of his son and nephew, who have been named as accused. Both minors named in the FIR are 11 and 12 years of age. Interestingly, the main accused of Police Officer Subodh Kumar Singh is the complainant in the FIR on cow slaughter. He’s Yogesh Raj, the Bajrang Dal district convenor.
The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday had booked as many as 27 individuals belonging to militant Hindutva outfits, Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena and Hindu Yuva Vahini, an organisation floated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. They also included Yogesh Raj. The individuals have been termed as the main conspirators and booked booked under section 302 and several other stringent sections of the IPC.
“I was taken to the thana (police station); they kept me there for four hours, and made me write their names [of the boys] and took my phone number,” he said.