BU­LAND­SHAHR VI­O­LENCE: UP CM MEETS SLAIN COP'S KIN

UP Govt an­nounces that a road and a col­lege will be named af­ter the in­spec­tor

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LUC­KNOW: Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Thurs­day met the fam­ily mem­bers of In­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh, who was killed in the Bu­land­shahr vi­o­lence, and as­sured strict ac­tion against the cul­prits.

The gov­ern­ment also an­nounced that a road and a col­lege will be named af­ter the in­spec­tor who was killed in Mon­day's mob vi­o­lence over al­leged cow slaugh­ter.

A 20-year-old man was also killed.

"The chief min­is­ter has as­sured us that he will re­main with us in this dif­fi­cult time and will en­sure jus­tice for us. He said strict ac­tion will be taken against those in­volved," the vic­tim's el­der son Shreya Singh said. Hours be­fore the meet­ing, the in­spec­tor's younger son Ab­hishek pleaded against vi­o­lence over re­li­gion.

"My fa­ther is dead, to­mor­row it can be some IG or a min­is­ter, he told a news chan­nel.

Adityanath met Singh's wife and the two sons at his Kal­i­das Marg res­i­dence here, an of­fi­cial spokesman said. UP Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice O P Singh, who was also present at the meet­ing, said Adityanath as­sured the fam­ily that ed­u­ca­tion and house loans taken by them would be paid off by the gov­ern­ment.

UP min­is­ter Atul Garg later said the loans amounted to Rs 25-30 lakh. Garg said the Jaithara-ku­raoli road lead­ing to his vil­lage in Etah would be re­named af­ter the in­spec­tor. "A col­lege will also be named af­ter Singh to recog­nise and re­mem­ber his courage," he said.

Garg is the min­is­ter-in­charge for Etah, Su­bodh Singh's home dis­trict. The DGP said, "We in the po­lice force are like fam­ily. Be­sides an ex­tra­or­di­nary pen­sion, we have also of­fered a job. But the sons are study­ing and we have left it to their dis­cre­tion as they may like to con­tinue with their ed­u­ca­tion," he said. While the el­der son is pre­par­ing for the civil ser­vices, the younger one is pur­su­ing law, he said. On the on­go­ing probe, the DGP said, "The CM has is­sued an or­der in this re­gard and the guilty will be brought to book," he said, but didn't dis­cuss it fur­ther. Adityanath had Mon­day de­clared com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 40 lakh for the wife, Rs 10 lakh for the par­ents and a gov­ern­ment job for a fam­ily mem­ber of the in­spec­tor, who was the ini­tial in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in the 2015 Akhlaq lynch­ing case.

Mo­hammed Akhlaq was killed then over ru­mours about beef con­sump­tion.

At Thurs­day's meet­ing with the chief min­is­ter, the slain po­lice of­fi­cer wife said he had made three ar­rests in a cow slaugh­ter case the day he died.

"That day the MLA from Syana called him up, and as he was in the bath­room, I told him about the call, she re­called.

Rashmi said her hus­band used to ask her to meet him in the po­lice sta­tion as he missed her and their two chil­dren.

She told Adityanath that her hus­band could not visit home of­ten as he re­mained very busy, and would call her to the po­lice sta­tion, say­ing he missed her and their two sons.

The fam­ily mostly lived away from the in­spec­tor in Etah. The of­fi­cer's younger son Ab­hishek said Hindu- Mus­lim ri­ots should stop and the cul­ture of mob lynch­ing must end.

"Ri­ots and vi­o­lence should not take place. Peo­ple should un­der­stand this and not take the law in their hands," he told a news chan­nel be­fore the meet­ing with Adityanath.

"My fa­ther is dead, to­mor­row it could be some IG or a min­is­ter. Should the mob

lynch­ing cul­ture go on? Never, he said. "All re­li­gions are the same. No re­li­gion is high or

low. Please un­der­stand that mob lynch­ing, com­mu­nal vi­o­lence or ri­ots will not give any re­sult, he said. If we fight among our­selves, we don't need any Pak­istan or China to do us harm," Ab­hishek said. The po­lice had said Tues­day that four men have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with Mon­day's vi­o­lence in Bu­land­shahr. No fur­ther ar­rests have been an­nounced since then, but two men named in the FIR have sur­faced in video clips since Wed­nes­day. They in­clude lo­cal Ba­jrang Dal leader Yo­gesh Raj.

The chief min­is­ter Wed­nes­day night or­dered strict ac­tion against cow slaugh­ter, un­law­ful trade in cat­tle and il­le­gal slaugh­ter­houses.

His in­struc­tions were con­veyed by Chief Sec­re­tary Anup Pandey to mag­is­trates and su­per­in­ten­dents of po­lice in all 75 dis­tricts through a video

link, an of­fi­cial re­lease said.

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