UP police files chargesheet in Bulandshahr mob violence case

Three months after Bulandshahr violence over alleged cow slaughter that alleged the life of a police inspector and a youth, police on Saturday filed charge sheet against 38, including Bajrang Dal local convenor Yogesh Raj and BJP youth wing leader Shikhar Agarwal, in the court of chief judicial magistrate Arvind Pandey.

Additional director general, Meerut zone, Prashant Kumar told, “In all, 38 persons have been charge-sheeted for their role in the December 3 violence. Five have been booked for murder while the remaining, including Yogesh Raj and Shikhar Agarwal, have been charge-sheeted for arson and violence.”

Yogesh is the original accused in the December 3 violence that erupted after alleged cow slaughter in a village near Chingrawati police post under Syana police station.

An FIR against 27 named people and 50 to 60 unidentified people were registered at the Syana police station for the frenzy.

Police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and Sumit Kumar, a 20-year-old protester, were killed of bullet shots during the mob violence.

The Syana violence had scored national headlines with a massive hunt launched for Yogesh Raj and Shikhar Agarwal who were on the run. Police, too, had come under scanner for not being able to arrest the two, who were continuously releasing videos claiming innocence on the social media.

However, exactly a month after the violence, Yogesh was arrested on January 3 while Agarwal was arrested from Hapur on January 10.

Notably, Yogesh Raj’s arrest came a day after police arrested another prime involved Kalua in the case. Kalua was arrested from the city’s bus stand and later admitted that he attacked the inspector with an axe.

On December 27, police arrested Prashant Natt, who allegedly shot the inspector dead after the asserted axe attack.

Bulandshahr superintendent of police (city) Atul Kumar Srivastava told, “We have a total of 39 persons in jail. The five persons charge-sheeted for murder include Prashant Natt, Johnny, David, Lokender, and Rahul.”

The features of the four others, charged with murder other than Natt, were not immediately known.

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