Yogesh Raj, Bajrang Dal Leader And 'Main Accused' In Bulandshahr Violence, Arrested
On December 3, a police inspector from Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh and a youth were killed in clashes that broke out in Shyana area over alleged cow slaughter. Almost after a month, the police has finally caught hold of the accused. On January 2, the Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested the main accused Yogesh Raj, a Bajrang Dal activist who was dubbed as “Accused no 1” in the killing of the officer.
Raj was on a run since the time of the incident. The time he was hiding from the police, he had sent a video to the UP police claiming his innocence. According to the NDTV, after his arrest, the police in a press release said that an informer alerted them to Yogesh Raj’s plan to go to Khurja, about 20 km from Bulandshahr, last night. Following which the police laid a trap to nab the accused near a popular college.
Accused had filed a complaint
On December 3, Raj was the one who had filed a police complaint of cow slaughter in the area. He complained that five carcasses were found scattered in a forest and accused seven Muslims for the cow slaughter.
He also led the protest in the area and which eventually resulted in clashes leading to the death of a cop and a youth.
In the clashes, the inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was chased, cornered and was shot dead in a field. Earlier, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case has arrested a Delhi taxi driver, Prashant Natt in connection to the cop’s death.
The accused, Natt from Chingrawthi village has confessed to his crime. While speaking to the media, Bulandshahr SSP Prabhakar Chaudhary told The Indian Express that at the time of the incident Natt caught hold of the inspector, who was already surrounded by the mob in an open field. Reportedly, Natt shot inspector Subodh dead after snatching his pistol. However, the police have not recovered the inspector’s missing 32 bore pistol which was allegedly used in the crime.
Muslim Men named in cow slaughter, found innocent
The District Chief of Hindu outfit Bajrang Dal, Yogesh Raj had filed complaints against seven people alleging cow slaughter. On December 20, the investigation in the case took a new turn, with Bulandshahr police giving a clean chit to the four of the seven arrested for the cow slaughter. The police claimed that the four were deliberately framed in the case over “personal enmity”.
The four people identified as Sajid, Sarfuddin, Banne Khan and Asif, were later released.
What happened that day?
On December 3, the incident took place when a few people started to protest in the area after they found the alleged carcass of a cow in the field, said the District Magistrate to The Indian Express. Allegedly, the mob was also protesting against illegal slaughterhouses. The protestors had blocked the roads in the area. Following this, the police were informed about the incident. When the police reached the spot to get the roads opened, some unknown people started pelting stones at the at the police.
According to The Indian Express, the inspector, Subodh was again attacked while he was being taken to the hospital. The inspector died before he could have been treated. The Cop is survived by his wife and a son, UP CM had announced a compensation of Rs 50 Lakhs to the family. According to the NDTV, a compensation of Rs. 40 lakh has been announced for the wife and a sum of Rs. 10 lakh for the inspector’s parents. It has also been announced that a government job for one member of the family of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh would be provided.