New Delhi, Dec 6 : Prime accused Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj was arrested on Thursday in connection with Monday's Bulandshahr violence that claimed the lives of two persons, including a police officials, sending a shock wave across the country, media report said.
Raj, in a video released earlier had said that he was not involved in the stone-pelting and firing incident over cow slaughter that took place at Bulandshahr’sChingrawati police chowki. The riots led to the death of a civilian Sumit and a police inspector Subodh Kumar.
Earlier, family of inspector Subodh Kumar met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.
Amid political furore, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanathon December ordered a thorough probe and directions were issued for strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who had initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar died of gunshot injuries in the attack.
Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh suggested there was conspiracy behind the violence. With lakhs of people collected for a 'TabligiIjtema', a congregation of Muslims, 40 km from Mahaw village where the cattle carcasses were found, police also succeeded in containing what could have been a communal riot, he had said.
Many people kept away from their homes, fearing arrest in connection with the two FIRs registered by police — one over the alleged cow slaughter and the other for the violence that followed.
The wife and sister-in-law of Rajkumar Chaudhary, a former Mahaw village head and one of the 27 named accused in the FIR, alleged vandalism and assault by the police. The carcasses were found on his fields and he and some others from the village are absconding.
The villagers claimed people that the Bajrang Dal came to the spot from outside and insisted on taking the carcasses to the police post. But the police visited their village, they said.
Two of the accused in the case are minors, aged 11 and 12, while one, Sarfuddin, is claimed to have been wrongly named in the FIR. The local people claim another man, Sudaif Chaudhary, said to be a resident of the village, doesn't exist.