Accusing the SP government of blocking all projects of the Modi government, he said: “Thirteen cities from UP were selected for the Smart City project and 60 for Amrit Yojana but the previous government did not support the Centre to roll out projects in UP.”
The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transportation (Amrit) Scheme was launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2015 to provide basic facilities like clean water and proper sewerage system among others.
He also charged the SP government with blocking the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
It is for the first time that Ayodhya has been merged with the Faizabad civic body making it Ayodhya-Faizabad Municipal Corporation. Elections for the new body are being held for the first time. From Faizabad, Yogi left for a rally in Gonda.
Until Sunday, the police had denied any connection between the two. But making a volte-face on Monday, Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said the two were linked and the attack was carried out ‘in connection with cows’ by ‘anti-social elements’.
Umar’s pickup had two other passengers – Tahir Khan and Javed Khan alias Jabba. Tahir said they were attacked while they were returning to their village Ghatmika in Bharatpur after buying cows from Dausa.
“A group of 6-7 men opened fire on us … I sustained injuries on my shoulder while Jabba (who was driving the van) managed to escape,” said Tahir.
He added that while the men shot Umar dead, they hit him with the butt of a gun and left, assuming that he was dead too. Jabba reached Ghatmika unhurt on Friday evening.
Police officials said that Tahir Khan had previous cases of cow smuggling registered against him. “Khan has three cases of cow smuggling registered against him along with one case of outraging modesty of a woman and another incident of assault. He is also wanted in one of the cases,” said Beniwal.
He added that a case against Mohammed under the Rajasthan Bovine act is also registered at the Govindgarh police station.
Umar Mohammed’s killing is reminiscent of the murder of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan who was waylaid and lynched by cow vigilantes near Alwar on April 1. Khan had documents to prove he wasn’t smuggling cows.
Meanwhile, the activists in the state on Monday wrote a letter to the chief minister urging that the government must make a plan to stop the attacks on Muslims by so called cow vigilantes. They also demanded compensation for the victims and that the probe be transferred to a Special Investigation Team or a team under the Inspector General. The postmortem of the body of Mohammed couldn’t be conducted in Jaipur till Monday evening with the impasse between his family and the government continuing.
A delegation of his family along with other prominent figures met chief secretary Ashok Jain on Monday.
“We met the chief secretary today and demanded judicial inquiry. We also demanded a compensation of ~50 lakh and a government job for family members of the deceased,” said Zahida Khan, former Congress MLA from Kaman, Bharatpur.