Bajrang Dal Leader Yogesh Raj Main Accused in Bulandshahr Violence

Published 05 Dec 2018

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday, 4 December, named Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj as the main accused along with BJP youth wing member Shikhar Agrawal and VHP member Upendra Raghav, in the Bulandshahr violence that took place a day before.

They arrested three persons in connection with the violence in the district that led to the deaths of two, including a police inspector.

The police filed two FIRs, naming 28 and mentioning 60 unnamed people.

While one FIR has been filed against alleged cattle slaughter, the other has been registered against the violent protests which followed.

Yogesh Raj is a senior leader of the Hindu outfit, who has alleged that he witnessed a cow being slaughtered at a field on Monday, 3 December.

According to News18, Raj hails from the Newbans village of Bulandshahr’s Siyana. He told the police that he saw six men slaughtering cattle while he was roaming in the jungles of Mahaw with his companions.

In the violence, Inspector SK Singh was shot in the head during the clashes between the mob and the police. One of the agitators was also killed in the clashes as the police tried to tackle the angry mob.

The violence erupted following the alleged recovery of animal carcasses that the Bajrang Dal claimed were of cows. ( The Quint )