Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said the murder of police officer Subodh Kumar Singh, who was killed by a violent mob protesting over the alleged slaughter of 25 cows in Bulandshahr, was an “accident” and not a case of “mob lynching.”
According to The Indian Express, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was speaking at the Jagran Forum in Delhi. “Uttar Pradesh mein mob lynching ki koi ghatna nahi hai, ek. Bulandshahr ki ghatna ek durghatna hai, aur isme kanoon apna karya kar raha hai. Koi bhi doshi baksha nahi jayega. Illegal slaughtering, keval cow hatya hi nahi, illegal slaughtering poore UP mein ban hai and DM, SP uske prati poore jawabdeyi honge. (There is no mob lynching in UP. The Bulandshahr incident was an accident, and the law is taking its course. No guilty will be spared. Illegal slaughtering, and not just cow slaughter, is banned in the entire state and the DM and SP will be answerable).”
Earlier, the wife of killed police officer met CM Adityanath on Thursday and told him that her husband used to get threats from over the phone as he was handling complaints against cow slaughter.
In a video circulated to the media after the meeting, Singh’s wife can be heard saying, “There is one more thing, Sir. My husband used to call me to the police station (Syana). He used to say that he misses us so we used to go there. I remember that the last time I was there, three people had been arrested for cow slaughter.”
“I have informed the chief minister about all this and he has assured us of a fair inquiry. My husband was a straightforward man and never used to succumb to pressures. He used to receive threats. He used to record the calls. This record has all gone with the mobile missing after his killing,” Rajni said while speaking to the Hindustan Times over the phone after the meeting.
A day after ADG (Intelligence) S B Shiradkar submitted his report on Bualdnshahr violence to Chief Minister Adityanath, two Uttar Pradesh police officials, including a DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) officer on Saturday.
So far, nine persons have been arrested in connection with the death of the police office and another local resident Sumit, who also lost life at the hands of the mob.
In the case of cow slaughter, four people have been under sections of the UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act 1955.
Singh was killed by a mob when the former went to control the violence caused over the slaughter of 25 cows in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr.
The police became the target of the mob when they tried to clear a road which had been blocked by the angry protesters. The uncontrollable mob started chasing police and threw stones at them.
Singh suffered a injury in his head with the stones thrown at them by the mob. While his driver put him into his SUV and drove to take him to hospital, the mob chased the car.
The mob was able to corner the car in a field and shot Singh.