Four people have been taken into custody following the killing of an Uttar Pradesh cop and a 20-year-old man by a mob who were allegedly protesting illegal cow slaughter in Bulandshahr, Prashant Kumar, ADG Meerut Zone said on Tuesday at the wreath-laying ceremony of the slain cop. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the cause of the violence and why police personnel left Inspector Subodh Kumar alone. This brings to forth if the police had any role to play that led to the death of a fellow cop. the police have also lodged two FIRs in the case. The first against the alleged cow slaughter and the second against the violent protests which followed.
Prashant Kumar, ADG Meerut Zone: 2 people have been taken to custody. An SIT has been formed to investigate why the violence happened and why the police personnel left Inspector Subodh Kumar alone. #Bulandshahr pic.twitter.com/7X5kOwZ3tl— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 4, 2018
Family of Police inspector Subodh Kumar in mourning. Kumar lost his life yesterday after being attacked by people protesting against alleged cattle slaughter in the area #BulandshaharViolence pic.twitter.com/rlm2TNOLe1— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 4, 2018
A cellphone video showed Singh's limp body in his car, its windscreen shattered and doors open. As gunshots rang out, a mob ran amok, shouting "goli maro" (shoot him). The post-mortem report confirmed that Singh died of bullet injuries below his left eyebrow. The mob also took away his service gun and mobile phone, according to a report in NDTV.
Singh was the police inspector who had probed the Akhlaq lynching case initially. Singh and the local, Sumit died of gunshot injuries on Monday in the violence over alleged illegal cow slaughter in Bulandshahr. The mob left more than five policemen wounded, burned down a police station and set several vehicles on fire. Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the protestors pelted stones on police officials and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and a police chowki.
Meanwhile, security in and around the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of western Uttar Pradesh was beefed up following the incident. District Magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh said he has spoken to officers to ensure security in the district, especially in areas such as Jewar and Dankaur, which has boundaries with Bulandshahr. "Caution is being taken," Singh told PTI. Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma said the police department has intensified checking of vehicles coming from Bulandshahr. A tab is also being kept on social media to check the spread of rumours. The police took out a march in Greater Noida on Monday night urging residents for cooperation to maintain peace in the area.