Bulandshahr violence: Accused, suspects flee villages to escape police probe

Mahav (Bulandshahr): Fear and tensions have seeped deeper in areas in and around Bulandhshar city after the violent protest broke out on December 3.

Following the violent protest youths, suspects, accused in the region have disappeared from villages Mahav, Chingrawathi and Nayabans, roughly situated at 8 kms radius from the violence site have already escaped leaving only the aged and women behind.

It may be recalled that local Bajrang Dal, VHP and BJP followers led the protest after cow carcasses were found in a field at Mahav village.
The followers brought the remains of the dead cows by trolley to a place in front of Chingrawathi police station following clashed between the followers and Policemen which further led to the death of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a youth Sumit.

The state government has now constituted a Special Investigating Team to probe the matter.

Taking action in the case, three police officers, including SSP KB Singh, have been transferred.

Probing the case, investigators are examining the “ration cards” and voters’ list (photo identity cards) to match the villagers’ photos and identify the villagers captured in the video recordings.

When ET reached to have conversation with the suspects family, they were not welcomed either.

One of the villager’s at Mahav village, living next to Tinku (22) named in FIR among 27 others, told : “Dahshat Hai. Main Bat Nahin Kar Sakta (We are living in fear. I am not position to talk to you).”
While his aged grandmother, who was present in his house, refused to talk.

Another accused RajKumar’s relative Veena Devi, the “Bhabhi” (sisterin law) of Rajkumar (40), who stays alone at her house said: “he is a farmer and we own 32 bighas of land.”

But she blames Police for dragging him in the case. She said: “I can only say that Rajkumar is innocent. He is falsely implicated in this case.”
Just a few yards away from Rajkumar’s house, jeetu also an accused in the case, has escaped too.

His mother Ratan Kaur waiting for him said, he is also in the army like his elder brother . “Please come and see. Police have vandalised my house. My son is innocent. There is no case against him. Police are falsely implicating him in this incident,” she said.

Another accused in the case, Chandrapal Singh’s (70) two sons Sanjeev(45) and Rajeev (43) both have their house leaving their aged mother behind.
“No villager is ready to go to the police due to the prevailing fear in the area,” Chandrawati wife of Chandrapal said adding that her husband is a former Pradhan of Mahav village, who is not in police custody.

PAC jawans have been deployed at the entry point of Nayabans village from where three persons, including the main accused, Yogeshraj, convenor of the Bajrang Dal belongs to.

Yogesh’s uncle Devendra and cousin brother Chaman (21) are also named as accused in the case and are currently in jail.

Devendra’s wife said the main accused Yogesh is doing an LLB course (part one) from a local college and that “he is associated with Bajrang Dal for the past two or three years.”

Victim Sumit who got killed in the violence, speaking to ET, his father said: “We have not received any money from the state government. ADM had visited a few days ago. He assured us proper help in this matter.”

“There were 28 FIRs lodged in cases relating to cow slaughter. The administration showed action against those involved in cow slaughtering. At least eight persons have been booked under NSA this year, besides action against several such persons under the UP Gangster Act,” a source in the Bulandshahr district administration said.