Fact-finding report reveals Bulandshahr violence was an attempt to instil fear in Muslims

New Delhi: The National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO) released a fact-finding report on Sunday which claimed that the recent Bulandshahr violence that claimed the lives of a policeman and a 20-year-old man was a “targeted attempt” to “instil fear” in the Muslim community. The umbrella organisation of human rights bodies demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into it.

It must be recalled that inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar of Chingrawathi village were killed on December 3 in the mob violence that broke out in Bulandshahr’s Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a village.

The organisation whose members visited Bulandshahr and presented a “fact-finding” committee’s report claimed that “Hindutvawadi forces masterminded” the incident to “polarise” the voters because of the “ongoing elections in five states”. It demanded a new law to check hate crimes. The organisation also sought an immediate ban on all groups and ‘senas’ which use weapons “in the name of cow protection”.

While addressing the media persons at the Press Club here, members of the NCHRO claimed that the violence was a “planted incident” to create unrest in the area and elsewhere “in the name of cow”.

In a statement, NCHRO said, “The mob, at the instigation of local Bajrang Dal and BJP Yuva Morcha leaders Yogesh Raj and Shikhar Agrawal, gathered at the Chingrawathi police post and burnt down many vehicles, staged a shootout and pelted stones on the police force.”

The “fact-finding” team member Manoj Singh, of the All India People’s Forum, pointed out that the way a purported video of the inspector’s killing was shot “clearly indicates” the mob received political protection.

The NCHRO also mentioned imprisoning of several innocent people, including two minors, while the key suspect, Bajrang Dal local leader Yogesh Raj, was still at large.