Security has been beefed up in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of western Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas in the aftermath of the violence that broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday evening, killing a police official.
The police officer, SHO Subodh Kumar Singh, was the investigating officer in the Akhlaq lynching case that rocked the nation in the early days of the Modi government.
On September 28, 2015 a mob barged into the house of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri. The mob dragged him and his son out of the house and beat him to death while critically injuring his son. Akhlaq was accused of killing a calf and keeping the meat in his fridge.
A mob rampaged through a Bulandshahr neighbourhood against alleged cow slaughter on December 3, during which Singh and a youth died.
The UP Police carried out multiple raids through the intervening night of December 3 and 4, but were yet to locate Singh’s firearm and mobile phone.
Two people have been arrested and four detained in this connection, police said.
Additionally, an FIR has been registered against a total of 65 persons — 25 named and 40 unnamed.
District Magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh said he has spoken to officers to ensure security in the adjoining areas, specially Jewar and Dankaur, which have boundaries with Bulandshahr.
“Caution is being taken,” Singh said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma said the police department has intensified checking of vehicles coming from Bulandshahr.
“We are also keeping a tab on social media to check spread of rumours,” said Sharma.
Police also took out a march in Greater Noida on Monday night. A large number of police personnel participated in the march.
The department has urged residents for cooperation to maintain peace in the area.
Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the protestors pelted stones on police officials and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and a police chowki.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
-Overnight raids were carried out in two of the nearest villages – Chingrawathi and Mahaw.
-Rioters are believed to be from these two villages.
-Men from these two villages, reportedly, have fled, fearing raids. Villages are deserted with only women at their houses.
News credit : Indiatoday