Bulandshahr vi­o­lence: Lo­cal BJP youth wing leader ar­rested

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THE Ut­tar Pradesh Po­lice on Thursday ar­rested a lo­cal BJP youth wing leader ac­cused of in­sti­gat­ing mob vi­o­lence in Bulandshahr that killed a po­lice in­spec­tor and a civil­ian last month.

Shikhar Agar­wal alias Shekhar (25) had been on the run for nearly 40 days but was held at 7.20 am in ad­join­ing Ha­pur district by the Bulandshahr po­liceAd­di­tional Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (Bu­landhshahr city) Atul Ku­mar Sri­vas­tava said, Agar­wal was in­ter­ro­gated by po­lice be­fore be­ing pro­duced in a lo­cal court, which sent him to 14-day ju­di­cial cus­tody. With his ar­rest, the num­ber of ac­cused held for the De­cem­ber 3 vi­o­lence has reached 36, Sri­vas­tava said.

On De­cem­ber 3, 2018, mob vi­o­lence had bro­ken out in Siyana tehsil of Bulandshahr af­ter cat­tle carcasses were found strewn in the fields out­side Ma­haw vil­lage. Po­lice In­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh (44) and Su­mit Ku­mar (20) were shot dead dur­ing the vi­o­lence, af­ter which an FIR was reg­is­tered at the Siyana po­lice sta­tion in which around 80 peo­ple were ac­cused.

Around six months ago, Agar­wal was ap­pointed the head of the newly-formed Siyana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Mor­cha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP, an­other po­lice of­fi­cial said. While he was in hid­ing, a pur­ported video of Agar­wal had sur­faced on so­cial me­dia in which he claimed in­no­cence and also ac­cused the slain in­spec­tor of "cor­rup­tion" and "sid­ing with the Mus­lim com­mu­nity to get our mother (re­fer­ring to cows) at­tacked".

Agar­wal, who claimed to be pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Ali­garh, said in the video that he had "full faith in the Yogi (Adityanath) govern­ment" in the state and he was ready for any probe. He also claimed that the in­spec­tor was reluctant to get an FIR filed for cow slaugh­ter and had threatened to shoot him for in­sist­ing on tak­ing the carcasses to the po­lice sta­tion. In the video from an undis­closed lo­ca­tion, he had al­leged that po­lice were "wrongly" say­ing that Singh was in­formed about the in­ci­dent over phone, claim­ing the en­tire episode un­folded in his pres­ence at the spot.

Twenty-seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing Agar­wal, were named in the FIR, while 50 to 60 uniden­ti­fied peo­ple were booked un­der dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the IPC.

On Jan­uary 3, po­lice had ar­rested lo­cal Ba­jrang Dal leader Yo­gesh Raj, also a key sus­pect in the case. A sep­a­rate FIR was lodged by po­lice for cow slaugh­ter on a com­plaint by Raj. "Seven peo­ple have been ar­rested and jailed in con­nec­tion with the sep­a­rate cow slaugh­ter case reg­is­tered on the same day," ASP Sri­vas­tava said. Among the 36 peo­ple ar­rested for the vi­o­lence are Army jawan Jee­tender Malik, Prashant Nat, who al­legedly shot the in­spec­tor dead, and Kalua who had first at­tacked him with an axe, po­lice said.

Shikhar Agar­wal

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