Yogesh Raj, a former Bajrang Dal worker who is also an accused of orchestrating a riot over alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr in 2018, in which a police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed, has won panchayat poll on Monday.
Of the 27,763 votes polled, Yogesh Kumar who has been out on bail since 2019, got 10,352 votes while his rival Nirdosh Chaudhary got 8,269 votes.
Thanking to the people of the district, Yogesh said he has been associated with many social service organisations in the past few years. These organisations are working in the areas of disabled people, widows and even farmers. He further said that if people wished, he will fight the upcoming assembly elections in the state as well.
On allegations relating to his role in the 2018 riots, he said, he has an accused of violence and not murder. He said two people died in the riots and his sympathies are with them.
Yogesh was arrested by Bulandshahr Police in January 2019 for allegedly inciting riots over alleged cow slaughter on December 3, 2018. Following which, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was handling the mob, was killed by the protestors.
The mob went rampage over allegations of illegal cow slaughter and set Chingrawathi police post and dozens of vehicles on fire. As many as 44 people were sent to jail, out of which six have got bail eight months after the violence.
In March 2019, the SIT filed a chargesheet along with 3,000 pages from the case diary in connection with the FIR filed at Syana Police Station. According to the chargesheet, several phone calls were exchanged between Yogesh and other accused prior to the cow slaughter protest. The chargesheet alleged that Bajrang Dal activists led the mob after putting the cow carcass in a trolley in an attempt to cause large-scale riots.
Yogesh was a Bajrang Dal activist at the time of the riots and currently the organisation has denied any links with him.