Yogi Adityanath to meet Narendra Modi amid political controversy in Uttar Pradesh over Bulandshahr violence

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday evening is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the backdrop of cow-related violence in Bulandshahr on 3 December. Two people, including policeman Subodh Kumar Singh, were killed in the violence.

File image of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

File image of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

The chief minister has faced flak from Opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday. The Opposition said such incidents are part of attempts to incite communal unrest in the society ahead of polls.

Three days after the incident, the prime accused in the case, who are linked to right-wing groups, are still at large and have been releasing video statements claiming their innocence. One of the accused Yogesh Raj released his video on Wednesday, while Shikhar Agarwal released his video on Thursday.

Adityanath announced a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the family of Singh, but the family does not appear to have been assuaged. Singh's sister was quoted as saying, "We do not want money. The chief minister only keeps saying 'cow, cow, cow'."

The Uttar Pradesh government has formed a Special Investigation Team to look into the violence in Bulandshahr and the circumstances that led to the clashes and also to identify the perpetrators and groups involved. The state government said it was also focusing on uncovering a possible "political conspiracy" behind leaving out animal carcasses in a state where the practice is banned and the slaughter of a cow remains a highly emotive issue.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 06, 2018 18:04:59 IST

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