Bu­land­shahr in­spec­tor killing was an ‘ac­ci­dent’, says Yogi

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The killing of a po­lice in­spec­tor dur­ing violent clashes in Ut­tar Pradesh’s Bu­land­shahr ear­lier this week was an ac­ci­dent and not a case of mob lynch­ing, state chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Fri­day as state po­lice fo­cused their search on a sol­dier who al­legedly fired the shot that killed the se­nior of­fi­cer.

Adityanath’s com­ment came in Delhi at an event hosted by a Hindi news­pa­per, a day af­ter he or­dered strict ac­tion against cow slaugh­ter, un­law­ful trade in cat­tle and il­le­gal slaugh­ter­houses, say­ing dis­trict mag­is­trates and other se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials would be held per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for any lapse.

Two se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers – Meerut in­spec­tor gen­eral Ram Singh and di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice OP Singh – have said they see a “con­spir­acy” be­hind the in­ci­dent, with the for­mer say­ing that solv­ing the case of al­leged cow slaugh­ter, which trig­gered the clashes, was more im­por­tant.

In­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh and a 21-year-old man, Su­mit Ku­mar, were killed on Mon­day by a ram­pag­ing mob that torched ve­hi­cles and clashes with se­cu­rity forces for three hours over al­le­ga­tions of cow slaugh­ter.

Af­ter scan­ning mul­ti­ple videos of the clashes, po­lice said they are search­ing for an army man, a lo­cal res­i­dent, who was iden­ti­fied in one of the clips and was pur-

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