Bulandshahr violence: Prashant Kumar, ADG Meerut Zone, said, “A SIT has been formed to investigate why
the violence happened and why the police personnel left Inspector Subodh Kumar alone.”
A day after two persons including a police Station House Officer were shot dead in mob violence in a
Bulandshahr village in western UP, police arrested two and detained four people on Tuesday and a
special investigation team has been formed to probe the violence.
“Two people have been taken to custody. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to
investigate why the violence happened and why the police personnel left Inspector Subodh Kumar alone,”
ANI quoted Prashant Kumar, ADG Meerut Zone, as saying.
The police filed an FIR in early hours of Tuesday morning under 17 sections including murder, rioting
and assault. The FIR has been filed against 27 named persons and 50-60 unnamed persons.
The FIR alleged that SHO Subodh Kumar Singh initially requested the crowd to disperse after promising
immediate action in an alleged cow slaughter incident. The protesters, however, turned violent, police
said. The villagers were also in possession of illegal weapons, one of which was allegedly used to
shoot SHO Subodh in the head, said an officer.
On Monday, cars were torched and policemen attacked by men alleging slaughter of cows and demanding
immediate action. Police opened fire after the mob began pelting stones at the police chowki in Siyana
village. SHO Subodh Kumar Singh, who was injured and was attacked again while being taken to hospital,
died before he could be treated. A video clip that did the rounds showed the Inspector’s body in a Tata
Sumo and shots could be heard in the background. Singh was the first investigating officer in the
murder of Dadri resident Mohd Akhlaq, who was lynched in 2015 by a crowd over rumours of cow slaughter
and beef consumption.
Abhishek, son of deceased policeman said, “My father wanted me to be a good citizen who doesn’t incite
violence in society in the name of religion. Today my father lost his life in this Hindu-Muslim
dispute, tomorrow whose father will lose his life?”
Late Monday night, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 50 lakh assistance to the family members
of Subodh Kumar Singh. The government also promised a job to a family member as well as “extraordinary”
pension for the dependent family members.