Amid a political furore over the death of a police inspector and a youth in Bulandshahr violence, a UP Police officer questioned the veracity of facts and called the entire incident a conspiracy.
“The incident in Bulandshahr is a big conspiracy. This is not only a law and order issue, how did the cattle carcass reach there? Who brought it, why and under what circumstances?” questioned
UP Director General of Police O P Singh, as reported by ANI.
Shiv Sena, through an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', also called the incident “orchestrated” and attacked ally BJP over the violence.
"Was the Bulandshahr incident orchestrated like the Muzaffarnagar incident before the 2014 polls? The BJP knows that the 2019 elections will not be easy for it. Therefore, has it used its weapon of religious polarisation?" said the editorial piece, as reported by PTI.
A mob of some 400 people, including right-wing activists, clashed with the police on Monday in Siana area of Bulandshahr district, apparently after right-wing activists were angered by the discovery of cow carcasses strewn in a nearby jungle.
They set fire to dozens of vehicles, hurled stones and also fired at police who retaliated with gunfire. In the violence, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, the station house officer of Siana, and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar were killed.
Police arrested four people on Tuesday and were hunting for main suspect – Bajrang Dal activist Yogesh Raj – in connection with mob violence, as angry families demanded action amid criticism of the UP chief minister and suggestions of conspiracies.
The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the state government and the director general of police over the incident, officials informed.
They said 27 people have been named in the FIR while cases have been lodged against 50-60 unidentified people.