Bulandshahr: 4 held, Bajrang Dal man flees

#Bulandshahr Cop’s Killing: ‘Today, I Lost My Brother Because Of A Cow’, Says Sister#BulandshaharViolence https://t.co/3soYRdjOmA

— Outlook Magazine (@Outlookindia) December 4, 2018 As police continued their investigations, emotions ran high as the families prepared for the last rites. Singh’s body, draped in the tricolour, was given a gun salute. From Bulandshahr, the body was taken to his ancestral home in Etah. The deceased policeman’s son Abhishek said his father wanted him to be a good citizen who doesn’t incite violence in society in the name of religion. “My father has lost his life in this Hindu-Muslim dispute. Whose father is next?” he asked tearfully. Abhishek said he last spoke to his father when he phoned him to inquire whether he had studied and eaten. Demanding “martyr” status for the slain inspector, who was one of those who initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq, his sister alleged his killing was a conspiracy of the police and demanded martyr status for him. “My brother was killed in a police conspiracy as he was probing a cow slaughter case… He should be given martyr status and a memorial should be constructed in his name in our native place,” Sunita Singh told reporters. “The cow is our mother, I accept it. My brother has given his life for her. The CM used to chant ‘gau.. gau.. gau’.. Why can’t he come for ‘gau raksha’,” an emotional Sunita Singh asked, hitting out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In Chingrawati village, Sumit’s family refused to conduct his last rites until the government assured Rs 50 lakh compensation, pension to his parents and a police job to his kin. His father Amarjeet Singh also demanded state funeral as accorded to Singh. Bulandshahr MP Bhola Singh and local MLA Devendra Lodhi, both from the BJP, visited Sumit’s family in Chingrawati. Lodhi accused the district administration and police of improper handling of the case. The BJP legislator said locals from the two villages of Mahav and Chingravathi had found the carcass of a cow and reported the matter to the police on Monday morning. “Police should have registered the case, filed an FIR and taken action accordingly. But since they did not take any action, it resulted in the violence,” Lodhi told PTI. While Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati blamed the “irresponsible and wrong” policies of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for the mob violence, the CPI(M) held Yogi Adityanath’s “communally provocative speeches” responsible. The violence was “planned” in view of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, it said. The rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post and clashed with cops on Monday, according to the police. According to Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar, the protesters from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones at the police and indulged in arson, set ablaze several vehicles and Chingarwathi Police Chowki, after some body parts of cows were found in a jungle near the village, prompting the police to open fire. A chilling video showing the body of a policeman slumped to the ground from the seat of a police vehicle surrounded by some people came to light after the incident. The accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those related to rioting, murder and attempt to murder. PTI]]>

#Lynch Mob IV – ‘BJP Fanned Vigilantism’

Ajay Prakash Agarwal says gau rakshaks got bad media only after 2014 when the BJP government came to power at the Centre. This incited a violent form of saffron activism which celebrated majoritarian aggression. Gau seva, the duty of a gau rakshak, says Agarwal, lies in serving and saving the bovine, not harming another living being.   I am a gau rakshak. And I find it painful how this term has come to spawn terror in the minds of common people. I am aware that many violent vigilantes have declared themselves messiahs of the gau vansh (bovine species) by merely flaunting a saffron scarf and they go about threatening people. They are just gangsters who think they can get away with murder in the name of cow protection. The truth is serving cows is considered equal to serving gods in our religious texts. And there is no space for violence in this religious service. I have been doing gau seva for over two decades. Our sole aim is to tend sick and old cows. In the times when stray cattle are dying from ingesting polythene and hazardous waste, it is the duty of every human being and animal lover to help the situation. The vigilante mobs are only harming the cause by getting every gaushala (cow pen) labelled as mobsters den. I had a religious bend of mind from an early age. I devoured many religious texts and it led to my association with Gita Press. In 1998, the trust which runs the press decided to set up Govind Gaushala in Gorakhpur. Always in love with this gentle, bovine animal, I dedicated my life to serving them at the shelter. Volunteers at Govind Gaushala rescue ailing cows and bring them to the shelter for treatment. We have been quietly doing this work for over 20 years and no one bothered about us much. But then came 2014. The BJP government at the Centre fanned a militant form of Hinduism, where the bhagwadhari (saffron-clad) would lynch people in the name of gau raksha. The result: people who genuinely work for the cause are being looked down upon. Years of dedication and servitude have been laid to zilch, thanks to certain anti-social elements. Things are still in control in Gorakhpur as these self-styled gau rakshaks haven’t been able to cause much trouble here. We are proud of our work. An ailing cow, on the side of the street, would have gone unnoticed earlier but now people have begun to take notice. More people are reporting sick cows and cases of cattle smuggling to us. People here know about us and our work and promptly report any untoward incident or a sick cow. Our gaushala has over 450 cows, oxen and calves. Besides the Trust donation, we are getting help from the government of Uttar Pradesh too. My appeal to LokMarg readers is: We have spent all our lives in the service of cows. Due to some miscreants, please do not label all gau rakshaks as villains. We believe that we serve God by taking care of a sick animal. Violence is not what we preach. And for the self-styled gau rakshaks: Come, join us and you would know what gau raksha is all about.  ]]>