At a media event in Delhi on Friday, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said that the Bulandshahr violence was actually an accident.
Policeman inspect a site in Bulandshahr on December 3, 2018, after a near riot-like situation broke out. (Photo: PTI)
- Two people, including cop, were killed in Bulandshahr mob violence on Dec 3
- Opposition has alleged divisive politics of BJP led to incident
- Nine arrested so far, main accused still absconding
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has termed the riot in Bulandshahr which led to the death of two, including a policeman, an “accident”. He also asserted mob lynchings don’t take place in Uttar Pradesh.
On Monday, a mob of some 400 people violently rampaged through the Chingrawathi village in Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found near a village. The ensuing violence claimed the lives of inspector Subodh Kumar and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar.
Two policemen have also been transferred in the case. The circle officer of Siana Satya Prakash has been transferred to a police training centre in Moradabad while the local chowki in-charge Suresh Kumar has been transferred to Lalitpur district.
No lynchings in UP
UP CM Yogi had earlier said the incident was the result of a “big conspiracy” but at a media event in Delhi on Friday, he said that the incident was actually an accident.
“There is no incident of mob-lynching in Uttar Pradesh. The Bulandshahr incident is an accident and the law is taking its course. No guilty will be spared,” the chief minister said.
There have been 16 reported incidents of cow-related mob violence in Uttar Pradesh between 2015 and 2018, killing nine.
The Uttar Pradesh government has come under severe attack after the Bulandshahr incident with the opposition raising questions over the law and order situation.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav blamed the “dangerous policies” of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the mob violence in Bulandshahr and said that panicked by their shrinking base they were fanning communal passions.
The Congress on Thursday also attacked the BJP over the Bulandshahr mob violence, claiming the ruling party’s “true dream or version of new India” is to transform “Hindustan into lynchistan”.
The police have arrested nine accused but the main conspirator Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, continues to be at large.
(with inputs from agencies)