A court in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday remanded Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj to 14 days’ judicial custody. Earlier, Raj was produced before a chief judicial magistrate court in Bulandshahr after his arrest.
A month after a police inspector and a civilian were killed in mob violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, the state police on Wednesday arrested Raj, one of the main accused in the case. He was arrested from Khurja, around 16 kilometres from Bulandshahr, late on Wednesday on charges of instigating a mob, rioting, vandalism and disturbing public order.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar were killed on 3 December in the mob violence that broke out in Bulandshahr’s Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a village.
According a press release, the police received intelligence on the night on 2 January that Raj was planning to come to Bulandshahr. He was said to have been arrested at 11.30 p.m.
Twenty-seven people, including Raj, were named in the FIR, while 50 to 60 unidentified people were booked under Indian Penal Code sections 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 307 (attempt to murder), 302 (murder), 124A (sedition), 147, 148, 149 (related to rioting), 332, 33, 353 (related to voluntary assault on public servant to obstruct them from performing their duty), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others).
They were also booked for destroying public property, among others.
On 5 December, two days since the violence, a purported video of Raj surfaced on social media in which he had claimed innocence and said he was sure of being cleared of all accusations.
However, his statements on the sequence of events on 3 December in the purported video were contrary to what he had stated in the complaint for cow slaughter, based on which an FIR was registered against seven people, including two minors, of Nayabans village.
With inputs from PTI and Mohammad Nadeem/101Reporters
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Updated Date: Jan 03, 2019 17:27 PM