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The family of Sumit, a riot accused who was killed in the Bulandshahr mob violence last year, has installed his statue in a village, with a plaque calling him as “Gau Rakshak Vir Shahid”.
After a cow carcass was allegedly found in a sugarcane field near Mahav village of Siyana in Bulandshahr last year, a mob went on a rampage. Sumit was killed on December 3, 2019, in the violence, and so was Siyana SHO Subodh Kumar Singh.
After the incident, the initial FIR had Sumit’s name, but it was later deleted.
Sumit’s family was paid a compensation of Rs 10 lakh by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Sumit’s father Amarjeet Singh erected the statue and threatened that he would convert to Islam and then end his life, as his own community had betrayed him.
Amarjeet Singh has sought an inquiry into the incident by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in order to “expose police misconduct at every level right from the murder of my son until his cremation”.
“It was Subodh Singh who shot at my son but all videos have gone viral except the one showing the slain inspector shooting my son. The police inspector’s family has got all benefits but we were given just promises. If my demands are not met soon, I will convert to Islam on the first anniversary of my son’s killing and then end my life,” India Today quoted Singh as saying.
Post-mortem reports suggested that Sumit was killed by a bullet from a 0.32 calibre weapon. The same weapon also killed the police inspector, police reports said.
According to Sumit’s father, he had not received the Rs 10 lakh compensation that Adityanath had announced. He alleged that he also did not get the Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia promised by local MLAs and MPs. He added that the promise of a job was not fulfilled either.
“One sought permission and no one has complained. We will look into the matter,” said a police official, adding that the matter was “sensitive” and needed investigation on question of how the temple of him got made.
“Since the Chief Minister had announced compensation for Sumit’s family, the local police may have chosen to ignore the matter but we will look into it,” the official added.
However, Amarjeet Singh said that the statue had been installed on private land and therefore, no permission was required.
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