New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in his latest comments has attributed the Bulandshahr violence to a well-hatched “political conspiracy”. This statement is in stark contrast to his earlier assessment when he called the incident an “accident”.
The entire Question Hour was washed out in both the Houses of the Uttar Pradesh state legislature amid uproar and sloganeering by the opposition Samajwadi Party and the Congress over various issues, including the plight of farmers and the law-and-order situation in the state, that led to repeated adjournments.
“The December 3 (Bulandshahr) violence is a political conspiracy (hatched) by those who have lost political ground," he told reporters after the Assembly was adjourned for the day amid opposition ruckus.
"It was a political conspiracy which has been exposed... peace and order will be maintained at all cost... the administration and government have repulsed the designs (of conspirators) sternly," Adityanath said.
Earlier, when Adityanath finally broke his silence over the incident he said it was not a case of mob lynching. “It was an accident,” he said, adding that everyone responsible will be punished and not be spared.
On December 3, over 400 people had indulged in violence after cow carcasses were found in a jungle near Bulandshahr. During the violence, inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year-old man died due to gunshot wounds. Singh and his team had gone to the area to tackle the mob when they came under attack.
The mob, according to the police FIR, had men from right-wing Hindu outfits, who had also blocked policemen from taking him for treatment, resulting in his death. The police have booked 90 men over the incident. The suspects include members of the BJP Yuva Morcha, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal.