Bulandshahr violence: Hindu-Muslim dispute killed my father, says SHO’s son

BULANDSHAHR: The son of Subodh Kumar Singh, the police inspector allegedly killed by a mob protesting the reported illegal slaughter of cows in western Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district on Tuesday presented a brave face amid the unfortunate loss and asserted that his father always wanted his children to respect all religions.

Abhishek, a student of Class 12, had just finished writing his exams said his father wanted his children to respect all religions. “He wanted us to be a good citizen. He wanted us to be a person who doesn’t incite violence in the name of religion. Be it Hindu-Muslim, Sikh or Christian everyone is equal over here,” Abhishek Kumar said on Tuesday, according to news agency ANI.

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Singh died of a gunshot wound as protesters clashed with police and set their vehicles and a police post on fire in the three-hour rampage on Monday after reports of the recovery of carcasses of cows at Mahaw village on Sunday night. A 21-year-old local man, identified as Sumit, was also killed in the violence.

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“I had spoken to him one day before the incident. He was telling me to work on my weak subjects and advised me to focus more on the subject in which I received fewer marks during the last examination,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

Those arrested have been identified as Chaman, Devendra, Ashish and Satish, the senior official said.

Police have named 28 people from nearby villages and 60 unidentified persons in two cases of murder and rioting.

With agency inputs