Bulandshahr violence: Yogi orders action against cow slaughter, but mum on inspector’s killing

UPDATED: December 6, 2018

The political furore over the killing of a police inspector and a civilian in Bulandshahr in violent clashes due to cow slaughter is only growing.

A day after the tragic violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a high-level meeting over the issue on Tuesday night in Lucknow, with the chief secretary, director general of police, principal secretary (home) and additional director general of police (intelligence).

 In the meeting, Adityanath ordered a thorough probe and directions were issued for strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter, which is said to be the trigger for the brutal incident.
However, it was not clear whether any decision was taken to act against those responsible for killing of the police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and 20-year-old bystander Sumit Kumar.

After the high-level meet, Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Avinish Awasthi said, “The UP Chief Minister directed officials for a thorough probe in the incident. Instructions were also issued to take stringent action against people involved in cow slaughter.”

The chief secretary and the DGP have been instructed to ensure that this order is followed at all levels.

With Adityanath mum on the killings, questions are now being raised on the chief minister’s priorities. According to the opposition, Adityanath seems to be more concerned about catching cow slaughterers than the killers of a policeman.

Although, Adityanath announced a Rs 10-lakh financial assistance to the family members of Sumit Kumar from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Awasthi said.

He also said that instructions were also issued that a campaign is run to identify the people who are vitiating the atmosphere and stringent action is initiated against them.

The chief minister was already facing flak from the opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday (December 3). The opposition has said that such incidents are part of attempts to incite communal unrest in the society ahead of polls.

Meanwhile, the police inspector’s family has alleged a police conspiracy behind his death.

Since March 19, 2017 all illegal slaughter houses had been closed and instructions were issued to all district magistrates and superintendents of police to ensure that such activities do not take place in any of the districts, Awasthi said. ( PTI )