Bulandshahr riots could be a conspiracy in the wake of Tablighi Jamat ijtema

New Delhi: Bulandshahr is in the spotlight over clashes between the police and Hindu right-wing activists which started as a small skirmish over an alleged incident of cow slaughter soon escalated into a riot-like situation on the morning of December 3.

An inspector-rank officer, Subodh Kumar Singh, was the investigating officer in the Mohammad Akhlaq lynching case was shot dead. According to Singh’s sister, his killing was a conspiracy on the police’s part and he was killed because he was investigating the Akhlaq case.

Singh’s sister took a dig at UP chief minister Adityanath saying he only talks about “cow, cow, cow”, while the law and order situation deteriorates.

Analysts feel that the riot was a conspiracy which has occurred at a time when lakhs of Muslims are travelling to Bulandshahr for a Tablighi Jamaat’s ijtema (religious gathering) since December 1.

The Wire stated in its story on the above-mentioned incident, ‘it may be noted that clashes over allegations of cow slaughter have become a frequent tool in western UP to polarise Hindus and Muslims. In many cases, like in Dadri where Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched, the meat over which the Hindutva activists went on a rampage turned out to be goat meat in the first forensic report before it was overturned.’