Bulandshahr: Cops to Arrest 316 People Suspected of Cow Slaughtering Cases in Past Year
The order has come from CM Yogi Adityanath who wants the police to bring in “potential cow slaughterers” while conducting investigation on the December 3 violence.
Around 316 people who have been suspects in cow slaughtering cases in the past in Uttar Pradesh will, reportedly, be arrested, as the police conduct their investigation in the mob-violence incident in Bulandshahr, on December 3.
Speaking to The Telegraph, a senior police officer said the call for these arrests has come from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who wanted to bring in all “potential cow slaughterers” during the investigation. “The names of these 316 had come up indirectly in connection with cow slaughter cases in the district since March 2017 (when Adityanath became chief minister and cracked down on abattoirs),” The Telegraph reported.
The police officer, who was unnamed, also added, “But the police didn’t make any arrests because they lacked strong evidence against these suspects. Now, citing the chief minister’s order, director-general of police O.P. Singh has instructed that all of them should be arrested and interrogated to find out whether they were involved in the December 3 cow slaughter.”
Rajesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Bulandshahr (rural) told The Telegraph, “The names of 316 people had come up in cow slaughter cases in a little over a year. We are conducting raids to arrest them.” Meanwhile, Bulandshahr’s senior superintendent of police, Akhilesh Kumar said that the police was in the process of conducting raids on those alleged to have been involved in cow slaughtering or smuggling in the last 10 years. “We want to know what they have been doing and where they have been staying after release from jail. Their entire family would be put in jail if they are found to be still involved in the same crime,” Kumar said.
Per The Telegraph report, UP police have also privately admitted that they have been asked to call off their search for the three absconders — Yogesh Raj, Upendra Raghav and Shikhar Agrawal who have been accused of killing officer Subodh Kumar Singh in the incident. The police said it has been communicated to them by higher-ups that the three accused will surrender at a later-albeit-unspecified date.