A pall of gloom shad­ows the town

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Tanushree Pandey in Bu­land­shahr

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.

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