A pall of gloom shadows the town
WHILE uncertainty prevails in Bulandshahr, four days after a police officer and a youth were killed in mob violence that started due to rumours of cow slaughtering, IG Crime SK Bhagat told India Today TV that the carcasses, which became the root cause of violence in the area were actually 48 hours old. Bhagat said: “According to preliminary investigation, carcasses recovered from ground zero were at least 48 hours old. Things will be clearer once the probe is completed.”
The version of top cop suggests that Bulandshahr violence was perpetrated in order to disrupt the communal harmony of the area, intentionally by some outfits. Sources in the team said though they are probing all possible angles, it does seem that there was an attempt to create communal tensions.
A pall of gloom also hovers over the house of Sumit Kumar, the 20-year-old youth who also died on Monday. His elder brother tells India Today TV that Sumit had the dream of joining the Army as an officer. On Wednesday, security was visibly reduced but tension persisted in Chingrawathi, Mahaw and Naya Bans villages of Bulandshahr's Siyana tehsil. Fearing arrest and questioning, people preferred to stay indoors. No classes were held in schools in the area where a mob torched a police post and attacked policemen on Monday after some carcasses were found in a field.
India Today TV
Schools in the area remained shut on day 4.