An­other ac­cused sur­faces in video


ADAY after a Ba­jrang Dal ac­tivist ap­peared in a video claim­ing in­no­cence in the Bulandshahr mob vi­o­lence, an­other man wanted by po­lice has sur­faced in a sim­i­lar man­ner.

In the video, lo­cal BJP leader Shikhar Agar­wal, who is also named in the FIR, is heard blam­ing slain po­lice in­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh for the vi­o­lence which erupted around a po­lice post over al­leged cow slaugh­ter.

In­spec­tor Singh and 20year-old Su­mit Ku­mar were killed as a mob, which in­cluded right-wing ac­tivists, clashed with the po­lice.

On Wed­nes­day, a man iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as Yo­gesh Raj, the con­venor of Ba­jrang Dal’s Bulandshahr unit, is­sued a video mes­sage claim­ing in­no­cence. Raj said he was no present at the site of the vi­o­lence.

In the lat­est video, Agar­wal, who is BJP’s Syana unit youth wing pres­i­dent, claimed it was the in­spec­tor who cre­ated ten­sion by stop­ping him and oth­ers from tak­ing some car­casses to the Chin­grawathi po­lice post for fil­ing an FIR over the al­leged cow slaugh­ter. In the video, Agar­wal is heard claim­ing that Singh threat­ened to kill him and his aides. Agar­wal said he later told Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Av­inash Chan­dra Mau­rya about the “threat”.

The BJP leader also ac­cused Singh of be­ing “cor­rupt” and “sid­ing with the Mus­lim com­mu­nity” to per­pet­u­ate cow slaugh­ter. Both Agar­wal and Yo­gesh are among the 27 peo­ple named in the FIR reg­is­tered by po­lice after the vi­o­lence.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Thurs­day met with the fam­ily of slain in­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh in Lucknow. He has al­ready an­nounced a com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 50 lakh for the fam­ily and a gov­ern­ment job for one’s of Singh’s sons. Now their ed­u­ca­tion and house loans of Rs 25-30 lakh would be paid off by the gov­ern­ment. A col­lege and a road lead­ing to Singh’s vil­lage in Etah would also be re­named after him

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