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Posted at: Dec 6, 2018, 1:47 AM; last updated: Dec 6, 2018, 11:44 AM (IST)

Probing Babri anniv ‘conspiracy’: UP DGP

Rs 10 lakh for kin of killed youth, also accused
Probing Babri anniv ‘conspiracy’: UP DGP
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Shahira Naim

Tribune News Service

Lucknow, December 5

The family of 20-year-old Sumit Kumar, who was killed during Monday’s Bulandshahr mob violence, has been awarded Rs 10 lakh compensation by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Sumit has been named as an accused in an FIR.

Two days after Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and Sumit were killed in the mob violence that broke out after suspected cow remains were found in the fields, the state DGP today said they suspected a “conspiracy” and were investigating why cow remains were found on December 3, three days ahead of the anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition.

Presiding over a law and order review meeting late last night, Yogi announced compensation for Sumit’s family from the CM’s relief fund.

Sumit of Chigrawati village under Siyana police station of Bulandshahr is listed as accused number 16 in the second FIR registered by Sub-Inspector Subhash Chand at 2.51 pm yesterday.

Sumit’s post-mortem report confirms he was hit by a bullet fired from a 0.32 bore weapon, similar to the one that killed Inspector Singh, suggesting he was killed in the crossfire as the police used .303 bore rifles, say police sources.

A video clip on the social media shows a crowd getting hostile towards the police after Sumit was shot. Youths are seen surrounding Sumit as he limps holding his chest.

A police officer expressed unhappiness over the compensation saying treating the martyred Inspector and an accused at the same level will demoralise the police force.

Meanwhile, describing the violence as part of a bigger “conspiracy”, Yogi said those directly or indirectly involved with cow slaughter must be punished. He instructed the Chief Secretary and DGP to strictly enforce this at the district level and take legal action against those conspiring to vitiate the atmosphere.

A government release, however, did not mention CM’s instructions, if any, on the probe into the killing of the Inspector. DGP OP Singh said the police had succeeded in containing a possible communal riot as lakhs of people had assembled for a religious congregation around 40 km away.

“We are not only seeing it as a law and order issue. It was a conspiracy and we are probing why the particular day — December 3 — and place where cows were slaughtered and their remains spread in the field were selected,” said Singh. Asked whether it was a bid to vitiate the atmosphere ahead of the Babri demolition anniversary, the DGP said: “We are looking at all angles, including the selection of place (for cow slaughter) and timing of the incident.”

Bajrang Dal leader claims innocence

Bajrang Dal district convener and accused Yogesh Raj on Wednesday released a video message claiming innocence, saying he was not present at the site of violence. PTI

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