Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday arrested three people in connection with the killing of a cow on the intervening night of 2 December in Mahav village of Bulandshahr district which led to violence the following day, causing the deaths of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a civilian Sumit.
The Bulandshahr police said that acting on the tip-off, a team of police led by Superintendent of Police (SP) city Atul Kumar Srivastava arrested Nadeem, Raees and Kala from Pashu Paith Bazaar in Siyana, Bulandshahr on Tuesday around 7 am. However, one of the accused Haroon escaped.
The three have been accused of killing cows in the past and were, in fact, planning to kill another cow when they were caught, said Srivastava.
However, laudable as the prompt action against cow slaughterers may be, it does lies starkly in contrast with the delay in arrest of main accused in the murder case of Subodh.
When Srivastava was asked about the delay in action in the policeman's murder case, he said that the police is trying its best to nab the main accused. "There is no count of the raids that police and its team have done to catch the accused. We are not just raiding their houses but we are also raiding at every possible place we are getting information about," said Srivastava adding that so far 20 people have been arrested and sent to jail in connection with the 3 December violence. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) was not available for his comment despite several phone calls.
The 3 December violence is being probed from two different angles. An FIR was filed by Yogesh Raj, district coordinator of the Hindutva group Bajrang Dal, with the local police station on 3 December against the killing of the cow. It named seven people including two minors. None of three people arrested on Tuesday, however, are named in the FIR. The second FIR was filed after the death of Subodh, naming first complainant Raj and at least 27 other people for instigating the murderous mob.
Some arrests have been made in the second case, but the key accused — Shikhar Agarwal and Bajrang Dal leader Raj — remain at large. On 5 December, Raj had released a video claiming his innocence. Vishal Tyagi, the third main accused in the case, and a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, surrendered before the local court last Monday.
Meanwhile, the accused in the cow killing case were nabbed Tuesday. They were arrested along with the weapons that were used to kill the cow, Srivastava said. The accused were identified on the basis of “technical evidence” available with the police, the SP added. The police have confiscated a licenced gun, two knives, a rope, one wooden log, one car, and one chopper from the accused.
According to the police, the accused used the licenced gun to kill the cow and distributed its flesh among themselves and discarded the carcass in the fields.
"During interrogation, they confessed to their crime of killing the cow on the night of 1 December, and further investigation is underway," said Srivastava
The police are also investigating the killing of the police inspector and the civilian in the violence. A soldier with the Indian Army, Jitendra Mallik alias Jeetu Fauji, has been arrested and is being interrogated in this case.
— With inputs from Mohammad Nadeem in Bulandshahr
The authors are members of 101Reporters, a pan-India network of grassroots reporters
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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2018 13:13:07 IST