Former investigating officer of Akhlaq lynching case murdered by Hindutva mob in Bulandshahr

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Two persons including a policeman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr were killed on Monday after right-wing protesters resorted to stone pelting over the presence of an alleged slaughterhouse in the area.

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The officer killed has been identified as Subodh Kumar Singh, who was posted at Bulandshahr’s Syana police station. Singh was also the investigating officer of Md Akhlaq lynching case. He was instrumental in having all accused arrested in 2015. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has declared a compensation of Rs 40 lakh for wife, Rs 10 lakh for parents and a government job for a kin.

Right-wing Hindutva protesters had allegedly blocked the road forcing Singh to arrive at the spot. While Kumar made every attempt to placate them, they started pelting stones. A report by India Today said that some of them even began to fire bullets at the police officers.

In retaliation, police officers too fired at the crowd.

Aaj Tak channel quoted the Uttar Pradesh Police’s Additional Director General (ADG) of law and order, Anand Kumar, as confirming the death of an inspector-level officer.

A reporter working for The Hindu also posted a video showing the right-wing protesters pelting stones at the police station.

Kumar too confirmed that the protesters had targetted a local police station. In this melee, inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was injured by a blunt object and he later died, Kumar was quoted by India Today.

The angry mob also vandalised Chingrawathi police chowki and set many vehicles on fire, reported ABP News.

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