Bulandhahr violence: SHO killed by berserk mob was doing his job

BULANDSHAHR: Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh killed by the berserk mob on Monday in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district was doing his job by responding to a crime call.

The angry mob threw stones and torched vehicles outside a police station over reports of alleged recovery of some animal carcasses that right-wing organisations claimed were of cows, an animal revered by the Hindus lying in the fields. Inspector Subodh, who was maintaining protocol by responding to a crime call.

“It was essentially a request for clearing the way. The police officer was maintaining protocol by responding to a crime call. Our belief is that some hot-blooded elements came only for the purpose of creating a law and order situation,” said District Magistrate (Bulandshahr) Anuj Jha, reported The Indian Express.

Singh, the Station House Officer of Syana, who was an investigating officer in the Akhlaq lynching case of Dadri between September 28, 2015 and November 9, 2015, also killed over allegations of cow slaughter was attacked by the mob when he attempted to clear the traffic snarl caused by the vigilantes carrying the carcasses on tractor trolleys blocking a busy road. According to eye-witnesses Sub-Inspector Suresh Kumar, around 300-500 people had attacked the entire police force.

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Singh was shot at point blank range by the mob. A local young agitators, identified as Sumit, died in the clashes. “A bullet has been recovered from the body of Sumit. The final post-mortem report will ascertain the bore of the bullet,” ADG Kumar told reporters here.

A large contingent of security forces have been deployed in Bulandshahr to ensure peace and protection in the area as the situation remains tense.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), 28 persons have been named while 60 persons have been listed as unidentified in the Monday’s incident. Police have arrested four people and detained five others in connection with violence

The FIR also named Yogesh Raj, a distinguished man in the city reportedly a senior Bajrang Dal leader who had earlier lodged an FIR alleging cow slaughter.