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Bulandshahr violence: NHRC issues notice to UP Government over two deaths

NHRC has sought a detailed report from the UP Government over alleged killings in Bulandshahr.

Bulandshahr violence: NHRC issues notice to UP Government over two deaths

Bulandshahr: The National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) on Tuesday issued a notice to the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over Monday's violence in Bulandshahr district and alleged killing of two people by a violent mob over suspicion of cow slaughter.

News agency ANI reported that the NHRC issued the notice to the Government of Uttar Pradesh over reports of killing of two persons, including a police officer, in the violent agitation over alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr on Monday.

As tensions ran high in the region, state's Governor Ram Naik on Tuesday said that the violence in Bulandshahr was ''condemnable.'' 

''UP CM has given orders for a probe. I hope the truth will be out in two days as he said. Strict action will be taken against those who committed this crime. Whatever may be the reason, such incidents can’t be allowed,'' Governor Naik said.

Dinesh Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, said, ''the government is taking proper steps and an order for investigation has been given. Stringent actions will be taken against the culprits.''..

Amid criticism over declining law and order situation across the state, the Chief Minister today called a meeting of top officials in the evening to review the situation. 

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who had initially probed the 2015 lynching of Dadri resident Mohammed Akhlaq over rumours about beef consumption, and a 20-year-old man identified as 'Sumit'  were killed on Monday during an attack on policemen.

Meanwhile, the last rites of the slain policeman were conducted at his residence in Etah on Tuesday. Ahead of that Singh's family members, friends, locals and police department officials paid their last tributes to the deceased Inspector at his residence in Etah. 

Three persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in mob violence that broke out after cow carcasses were found strewn in a jungle, resulting in the two deaths triggering panic in the region.

At least twenty-seven people have been named in the FIR, registered around 3 AM following the violence on Monday, while cases have been lodged against 50 to 60 unidentified people, police officials said.

Of the 27 named, at least four are workers and functionaries of right-wing organisations, including the Bajrang Dal, officials said. 

The main accused in the case is Bajrang Dal district convenor Yogesh Raj, who has not been arrested, officials said. 

Subodh Kumar Singh, who was posted at the Siana Police Station, had received injuries from hard and blunt objects, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar had said while briefing reporters.

The wife of deceased UP Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was attacked by a violent mob and killed in Bulandshahr on Monday, said that her family will get justice only when those who killed her husband meet the same fate.

Singh's teary-eyed wife told media that her husband worked with utmost sincerity and honesty and took all the responsibility on himself. She added that it was not the first time that Singh was attacked while discharging his duties.

''He worked with utter honesty and took all the responsibility on himself. This is not the first incident, he had faced bullet injury twice before. But now, nobody is giving him justice. Justice will be done only if his killers are killed,'' Singh's wife said.

The deceased policeman's son Abhishek said that his father wanted him to be a good citizen who doesn't incite violence in society in the name of religion.

"My father has lost his life in this Hindu-Muslim dispute. Whose father is next?" he asked tearfully.

Abhishek said that he last spoke to his father when he phoned him to inquire whether he had studied and eaten. 

Demanding "martyr" status for the slain Inspector, who was one of those who probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, his sister alleged that his killing was a conspiracy of the police.

"My brother was killed in a police conspiracy as he was probing a cow slaughter case... He should be given martyr status and a memorial should be constructed in his name in our native place," Sunita Singh told reporters.

"The cow is our mother, I accept it. My brother has given his life for the cow. The CM used to chant 'gau.. gau.. gau'.. Why can't he come for 'gau raksha'?" an emotional Sunita Singh said while hitting out at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.