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After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stating his government’s agenda by prioritising probe into cow slaughter over the murder of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Bulandhshahr mob violence, the cue has been picked up by BJP along with the other Sangh parivar affiliated outfits.

After Bulandhahr MP Bhola Ram speaking out last Thursday, Dec 6, in support of district Bajrang Dal chief Yogeshraj Singh, the main accused in the killing of SHO Subodh Kumar Singh by a mob in violence over the alleged killing of cows, another BJP MP party has chipped in, pointing fingers at the slain policeman.

Meerut MP Rajendra Agrawal told The Indian Express (IE) yesterday (Sunday, Dec 9) that the team investigating the violence last Monday should also check “why no action was taken by the SHO in connection with the FIR lodged regarding cow smuggling at the Siana police station before the violence.

“If cow slaughter has been declared by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as a serious crime, then we will have to look into the working of police stations, including Siana, over a broader time period. If we have to uproot the menace of cow slaughter, we will have to look at all aspects, down to the police station level,” Agrawal said.

On Thursday, Bulandshahr MP Bhola Ram had claimed that Bajrang Dal activist Yogeshraj Singh, the main accused in the SHO’s killing and who is on the run, was doing “noble and eye-opening work”. “Expressing your support for stricter cow slaughter laws is not a crime. He was doing noble and eye-opening work. He brought to my attention that such an incident has occurred. Rest is a matter of investigation,” the MP had said.

Earlier, preliminary investigation found that the cow carcasses, over which the mob violence followed were, over 48 hours old and probably brought from elsewhere. They were also hung in full display, which an actual culprit of cow slaughter was highly unlikely to do. There were also questions about how the local Bajrang Dal and other self-proclaimed cow protectors got the information and managed to collect such a huge mob immediately after the incident. The mob’s act of putting carcasses in a tractor and blocking the road – from which a procession of Muslims, returning from their Ijtema festival, were expected to return – also raised suspicions of the whole thing being a conspiracy to provoke communal riots.

Meerut MP Agrawal, meanwhile, alleged that “some officers” and policemen were posing a hindrance to Chief Minister Adityanath’s “long-cherished dream”, said the IE report.

“Putting a strict check on incidents of cow slaughter in the state is a dream of Yogi Adityanathji but some officers at the higher level and policemen down at the police stations are posing hindrances to the CM’s long cherished dream. I am not saying that all officers are corrupt but there are definitely some who have an agenda to denigrate the image of the BJP government for their vested political and monetary interests,” claimed Agrawal, a former RSS pracharak.

“I have lodged complaints of cow slaughter in areas under the Kithore and Bhawanpur police stations but the higher-ups have not paid any heed to my concerns,” he claimed.

When IE contacted them, the officers in charge of both the stations denied the MP’s claims.

“There have been no reports of cow smuggling in the recent past from areas under my jurisdiction. It’s the privilege of the MP to make such statements and he is free to raise doubts. The police will definitely act if he gives us any specific information,” said Dharmendra Singh Rathore, in charge of Bhawanpur police station.

“We are very sensitive towards cases of cattle smuggling and cow slaughter. We conduct regular raids on suspects in our area. I don’t know why the MP has raised doubts on our functioning,” said Prem Chand Sharma, in charge of Kithore police station.

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