Bulandshahr vi­o­lence could be con­spir­acy ahead of de­mo­li­tion an­niver­sary: DGP


THE Ut­tar Pradesh po­lice sees a “con­spir­acy” be­hind the Bulandshahr mob vi­o­lence and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing why cow car­casses were found on De­cem­ber 3, three days ahead of the an­niver­sary of the de­mo­li­tion of the Babri mosque, says the state’s po­lice chief.

It was not merely a law and or­der is­sue, said Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (DGP) OP Singh, two days after In­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh and 20-year-old Su­mit Ku­mar, were killed in the mob vi­o­lence that broke out after car­casses were found strewn in a jun­gle. With lakhs of peo­ple col­lected for a Tabligi Ijtema (con­gre­ga­tion of Mus­lims) 40 km from Ma­haw vil­lage where the skele­tal re­mains were found, po­lice also suc­ceeded in con­tain­ing what could have been a com­mu­nal riot, he said.

“We are not only see­ing it as a law and or­der is­sue. It was a con­spir­acy and we are prob­ing why the par­tic­u­lar day — De­cem­ber 3 — and place on which the cows were slaugh­tered and their re­mains spread in the field were se­lected,” Singh said. adding two FIRs have been filed. “One FIR is about cow slaugh­ter and the other is on the vi­o­lence. The probe is on in both,” he said.

Of the seven peo­ple from Naya Bans named in an FIR on cow slaugh­ter re­lated to the mob vi­o­lence here, two are pre-teens, one does not stay in the vil­lage and a fourth was away at Ij­tima, an­gry vil­lagers said on Wed­nes­day. The FIR is based on a com­plaint filed by Ba­jrang Dal’s district con­venor Yo­gesh Raj, the main ac­cused in the vi­o­lence. Raj, who is among nearly 90 peo­ple booked for ri­ot­ing and vi­o­lence, has been ab­scond­ing since Mon­day.

On Wed­nes­day, Raj is­sued a video mes­sage claim­ing in­no­cence, say­ing he was not present at the site. The video, in which Raj chants ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and in­tro­duces him­self as the Bulandshahr district con­venor of the Ba­jrang Dal, has been play­ing on lo­cal news chan­nels. In the video, Raj says that in the al­leged cow slaugh­ter in Bulandshahr, which led to the vi­o­lence, the po­lice are por­tray­ing him as a “his­tory-sheeter”. Ba­jrang Dal has asked Raj to sur­ren­der and said that it be­lieves in his in­no­cence.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the vi­o­lence that led to the killing of In­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh and Su­mit Ku­mar of gun­shot in­juries on the ba­sis of two FIRs — one on cow slaugh­ter and the other on vi­o­lence.

Naya Bans vil­lage, less than three kilo­me­tres from Chin­grawati where the vi­o­lence took place, is the focal point of the cow slaugh­ter FIR. All seven named are from the vil­lage and all are Mus­lims.

Ac­cord­ing to the vil­lagers, a 10-year-old Class 5 stu­dent and a 12-year-old Class 6 stu­dent are on the list. The two, who can’t be iden­ti­fied be­cause of their mi­nor sta­tus, are cousins. “Their names should be re­moved from the FIR which ac­cuses them of cow slaugh­ter. Just look at them,” said the fa­ther of the Class 5 stu­dent, point­ing to the chil­dren. The 42-year-old, who lost his right foot dur­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent six years ago, said the chil­dren stay at home. “I was sum­moned to the po­lice sta­tion in Siyana on Tues­day. I was told the names (of the chil­dren) are in the FIR. I was made to wait for three hours and told that ‘kap­tan saa­hab’ (lo­cal po­lice chief) would en­quire about some­thing. But noth­ing hap­pened and I re­turned home,” he said.

The mother of the Class 6 stu­dent said po­lice reached her home at 2.15 am on Tues­day and started con­duct­ing a check at that un­earthly hour. They were not sure of the name of her son and kept look­ing for a “She­hzaad” and “Qasim”. “They left at 2.30 am be­fore leav­ing ev­ery­thing in the house messed up,” she claimed, adding that they kept ask­ing where she was hid­ing him. Her hus­band lives and works in Delhi.

Tem­pers were run­ning high in the vil­lage with res­i­dents dis­put­ing two other names. One was not a res­i­dent of the vil­lage and the other was work­ing in the Ij­tima. Mo­ham­mad Hus­sain said his brother Safrud­din, 36, was wrongly named in the FIR. “Sev­eral peo­ple from Naya Bans, in­clud­ing Safrud­din, went for the Ij­tima. He was there from Novem­ber 29 and re­turned yes­ter­day. He was man­ag­ing the park­ing at the Ij­tima,” Hus­sain said, show­ing an Ij­tima man­age­ment slip that named Safrud­din as a park­ing of­fi­cial. Safrud­din, who works as a cloth trader in Siyana near Naya Bans, has three chil­dren — a 14-yearold daugh­ter and two sons, 12 and 8. As his brother was be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice, Hus­sain waited pa­tiently out­side the po­lice sta­tion.

The fourth name be­ing dis­puted is that of Su­daif Chaud­hary. Queries about the name in the vil­lage yielded no re­sult. Lo­cals said no­body by that name lives there. “This (charges over wrong names in FIR) is part of ver­i­fi­ca­tion,” SP, City, Pravin Ran­jan Singh said.

Of the seven peo­ple from Naya Bans named in an FIR on cow slaugh­ter charges, two are pre-teens, one does not stay in the vil­lage and a fourth was away at Ij­tima, an­gry vil­lagers said

Yo­gesh Raj in the video re­leased by him

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