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Bulandshahr violence was an attempt to instill Fear in Muslims, claim human rights bodies


New Delhi, Dec 31(PTI): The recent Bulandshahr violence that claimed the lives of a policeman and a 20-year-old man was a "targeted attempt" to "instill fear" in the Muslim community, an umbrella organisation of human rights bodies claimed Sunday and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into it.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar of Chingrawathi village were killed on December 3 in the mob violence that broke out in Bulandshahr's Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a village.

The incident happened when the election process in five states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Telangana, was underway.

  

"Hindutvawadi forces masterminded" the incident to "polarise" the voters because of the "ongoing elections in five states", the organisation claimed, whose members visited Bulandshahr and presented a "fact-finding" committee's report here, and demanded a new law to check hate crimes.

The National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO) sought an immediate ban on all groups and 'senas' which use weapons "in the name of cow protection".

Addressing the media at the Press Club here, members of the NCHRO claimed that the violence was a "planted incident" to create unrest in the area and elsewhere "in the name of cow".

"The mob, at the instigation of local Bajrang Dal and BJP Yuva Morcha leaders Yogesh Raj and Shikhar Agrawal, gathered at the Chingrawathi police post and burnt down many vehicles, staged a shootout and pelted stones on the police force," it said in a statement.

The "fact-finding" team member Manoj Singh, of the All India People's Forum, claimed the way a purported video of the inspector's killing was shot "clearly indicates" the mob received political protection.

"In a peaceful area like Bulandshahr, the December 3 incident was a targeted attempt by Sangh-BJP organisations to instill fear in the Muslim community," said Singh.

He claimed that small skirmishes between local groups were used as an excuse to start communal clashes.

"There are clear signs of political conspiracies at play to discourage honest members of the administration, like Inspector Subodh, through intimidation and fear of life," he said.

He said there were also no signs of cow slaughtering at the fields outside Mahaw village, where the carcasses were found on December 3 morning, "which makes it clear that the mob violence...was executed through meticulous planning".

The NCHRO also highlighted that several innocent people, including two minors, were put behind bars while the key suspect, Bajrang Dal local leader Yogesh Raj, was still at large.

"A law should be made to contain mob violence and an immediate ban on all organisations and 'senas' which use weapons and have led the country to a civil war-like situation in the name of cow protection," the NCHRO said.

"Also another law be made and strictly implemented to ensure a state government's responsibility to check hate crimes and elements spreading hate crimes," it said.

The Home Ministry should review it on regular basis and share details in every parliamentary session on what steps it has taken to check riots and hate crimes, said Singh.

Another team member, Ansar Indori, claimed that the incident was a "planned affair".

"The occurrence of such a big incident in the presence of the administration proves that it was planned affair. Police presence deterred the violence from spreading further. The murder of a police officer at the hands of the mob occurred as he was executing his duties," Indori, an advocate by profession, told reporters.

Meanwhile, Sarfuddin, a resident of Nayabans village, who was initially arrested by the police following a complaint by Raj, told reporters that he would move court against his arrest.

He was arrested under Indian penal Code sections 358 (assault or criminal force on grave provocation) and 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) but released after 16 days.

"I was put in jail for 16 days when I had done nothing. I am the president of the village's mosque committee and I was named under a conspiracy," he said.

Sarfuddin, who runs a clothes shop in Siyana town, also alleged that he was being threatened by a leader of a local right wing group who was opposed to the loud speaker being installed on the mosque in 2017.

Seven people -- two children aged 11 and 12, a non-existent man, a man living in Faridabad for over a decade, besides Sarfuddin -- were named in the FIR for cow slaughter on a complaint by Raj.

The police recently arrested three men who were not named in the FIR for their role in the alleged cow slaughter on December 3.

 

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  • Mikimoto Jaggi, U S A

    Tue, Jan 1 2019

    It is the Muslimization of the state that everyone is trying to make changes in India. Bulandshahar example is important for this point of view. India lives in its own roots and Muslims came as invaders. Think about it.

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    These NGOS are nowhere to be seen when terrorist kill people.
    They only come up to the surface to accuse BJP
    .
    These are the urban naxals.
    Beware of them.

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  • Muhammed Mangaluru, Mangaluru

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    yogi is never know to respect any religion he want violence and kill all those who oppose them...

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  • Indian, India

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    This is not new.. actually i m happy that police was killed in this attack, because these police never fightback with these so called senas, they kill only kashmiris, because kashmiris are muslim.. 90% muslims in jails are innocent..

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    @Indian,

    I request you to kindly take your words back. It is not appropriate to justify killing of anyone in open public space.

    Further, the policeman who was killed was known for his secular credentials. He was the one who was conducting inquiry of the killing of Akhlaq Khan by the people affiliated to the Chaddi gang. Even the son of the Inspector has also given statements that his father was always instructing him to be Secular throughout his life.
    That is the reason Subodh Kumar was tortured by these cHADDI AFFILIATED groups before being killed ruthlessly. He was stoned and his fingers were cut before killing.

    You are disgracing a honest police officer if you don't take your words back. Please take your word back and do justice to the reputation of a honest police officer.

    I hope you gave your comment based upon the insufficient information about Subodh Kumar.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    Sriman Modi Ji and Bhogi ji have taken us for ride in the name of development.

    With regard to Modi Ji, his actions never speak the same as his mouth speaks. Only drama company.
    But with regards to Bhogi Ji, totally ruthless both in terms of mouth and his actions.

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    Sir, plz you better stay in Kuwait ..we will live in peace here...no need you thoughts...

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    @D Shetty,

    Ok Sir. I was just waiting for your order. I will show your orders at Indian Embassy in Kuwait.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    D shetty. hope your finance is going good.
    all shetty are educated how you was left behind.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    @D Shetty,

    This is the first time somebody called me Sir. But, really, I hate that word.

    Let us come to an agreement. It is next to impossible that I don't come to my beloved country. Better you go to a nearby jungle where there is complete peace and where you need not hear my thoughts. In sha Allah I will make all arrangements for your peaceful living in forest.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 31 2018

    Please dodn't take us Backwards Anymore ...

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