The killing of a police officer by so-called Cow Vigilantes belonging to far-right Hindu groups has caused outrage in India.
Local media reported Wednesday that the main suspect behind the violence, Yogesh Raj, is escaping and remains under arrest.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed on Monday when villagers, many of them members of far-right Hindu groups, collided with police in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh state (about 100 km) from the Indian capital New Delhi.
The villagers protested the alleged inability of the police in Chingrawathi to stop slaughtering the cow, claiming that animal carcasses ̵
The policeman's assassination after a cow slaughter protest was the first in India where Dalit Muslims and lower caste were frequently attacked in the past.
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So far, four men were arrested in connection with the assassination of Singh more than two dozen people are being charged, including the riot and destruction of property. Seven Muslims, including two minors (19459005) at the age of 11 and 12 (19459004), were also charged by the police for slaughterhouses.
A video allegedly showing the moments that led to the assassination of the policeman appeared on Wednesday.
While the police said she was still looking for Raj from the right-wing Hindu group Bajrang Dal, reports said Wednesday that he had released a video claiming innocence and making conflicting statements about the incident. [Raj59004] Raj claimed he was not present in Chingrawathi, where the violent protests over the alleged cow slaughter in the nearby village of Mahaw in the Bulandshahr district broke out.
Raj claims he was in a police station in Syana, a hamlet near Bulandshahr. He said he had a report on the incident.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police pointed to a "conspiracy" behind the violence as tens of thousands of Muslims gathered in Bulandshahr for a religious evening.
UP DGP O P Singh: The Incident in #Bulandshahr is a big conspiracy. This is not just a matter of law and order, how did the cattle carcass get there? Who brought it, why and under what circumstances? pic.twitter.com/Zs2YQZw4br
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"No word on the killing of a police officer"
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a tough one Hindu monk, known for his anti-Muslim remarks, called a meeting on Tuesday in the state capital Lucknow.
At the time of the incident, Adityanath traveled through neighboring Chhattisgarh to sign up for the ruling Bharatiya Janata party ( BJP ) in the run-up to local elections.
An investigation of the alleged cow slaughter was ordered by Adityanath, but local reports said he had not addressed Singh's murder inLucknow . To meet.
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"The UP Prime Minister ordered officials to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, a crackdown on people, A high-ranking government official told reporters after the meeting that
Adityanath is due to visit the Singh family on Thursday, the Indian news agency ANI reported.
A special event The Uttar Pradesh government has formed an investigation team to investigate the cause of the violence.
Meanwhile, the killed officer's family has also allegedly conspired with the police and demanded justice for his murder.
Singh was part of the team, First, he examined the notorious lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq, a 52-year-old resident of the village of Bisara, in the year 2015 for suspected cow slaughter in a neighboring Bulandshahr district.
– ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 5, 2018
India's Hindu majority considers cows to be sacred and their slaughter is in most Indian States banned
Hindu vigilantes often roam the streets of northern India to protect cows, often resulting in attacks on India's Muslim population – about 14 percent of the nation's 1.3 billion people.
In recent years, there have been a number of dead attacks on Muslims and under-staffed Dalits over livestock slaughter and cattle consumption.
According to India Spend, the data analysis website, India reported nearly 80 cases of cow-related violence between 2012 and 2017.
At least 39 people have been killed in such violence since 2014, when Hindu nationalist BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came to power.
As India adopts decisive elections in the coming months, including early next year's national elections, you fear that such polarizing issues will continue to be addressed by Hindu right-wing extremists to mobilize voters.