Amid a political furore over killing of a police inspector and a man in Bulandshahr in a case of mob violence, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that he will meet the family of the deceased police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh on Thursday. The decision comes after the chief minister summoned top authorities and directed them to thoroughly investigate the case of alleged cow slaughter. However, the chief minister received flak for focusing on cow slaughter in the statement, rather than prioritising a probe into the death of Singh and a local youth, Sumit Kumar in the mob violence.
Adding a twist to the case, Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh said that the incident was not just a law and order issue, but part of a political conspiracy. Singh told CNN-News18 that there were reasons to believe that the timing of the whole incident was a suspect.
"We are also looking into the angle to check whether the timing was a suspect and whether it coincided with 6 December which also happens to be the anniversary for Babri Masjid demolition," he said.
On Tuesday, Adityanath held meeting in Lucknow with chief secretary, DGP, principal secretary (home) and additional director general of police (intelligence). He gave orders to launch strict action against those involved in cow slaughter in state.
The chief minister has already been criticised by the Opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday. The Opposition has said that such incidents are part of attempts to incite communal unrest in the society ahead of polls.
After the chief minister's meeting, Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Avinish Awasthi said, "The UP Chief Minister directed (officials) for a thorough probe in the incident. Instructions were also issued to take stringent action against people involved in cow slaughter."
"The incident is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner," he said.
Adityanath announced Rs 10 lakh financial assistance to the family members of Sumit from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, Awasthi said. The police inspector's family has alleged a police conspiracy in his death.
Awasthi said that since 19 March, 2017 all illegal slaughter houses had been closed and instructions were issued to all district magistrates and superintendents of police to ensure that such activities do not take place in any of the districts.
The chief secretary and the DGP have been instructed to ensure that this order is followed at all levels. Instructions were also issued that a campaign is run to identify those persons who are vitiating the atmosphere and stringent action is initiated against them, Awasthi said.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2018 13:15:56 IST