Communalism

Timeline: How the Bulandshahr Violence Unfolded

Mob violence in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on Monday left two dead, including an inspector rank police officer.

Bulandshahr, a town in the western Uttar Pradesh’s sugarcane belt, witnessed clashes between Hindutva activists and the state police on December 3.

  • The activists allegedly found carcasses of cows strewn across farms in Mahav village near Bulandshahr.
  • The clash began as a mere skirmish at around 11 am when the activists carried the remains of the dead cow to the nearby police sub-station in Chingravathi village. They wanted the police to file an FIR against the alleged cow slaughter.
  • However, the situation soon escalated into mob violence when miscreants in the crowd started attacking the police personnel with stones and firearms.
  • By this time, some other policemen had already come from the bigger police station in Shyana village to control the mob.
  • In the violence that followed after noon, an inspector-rank police officer, Subodh Kumar Singh succumbed to his bullet injury, the post-mortem report confirmed.
  • Singh was also part of the team that probed the 2015 Mohammad Akhlaq’s lynching in Dadri, UP.
  • The mob set the chowki on fire. And many other police vehicles were also torched.
  • Meanwhile, a few Hindu-right groups also blocked the highway passing through the Chingravati village.
  • While at least four other policemen were reportedly hurt, 21-year-old Sumit also died in the violence.
  • Many in the area said Sumit was a BJP activist, but some reports claimed that the police believed he was only a bystander who got caught in the violence.
  • Incidentally, the uproar over cow slaughter has occurred at a time when lakhs of Muslims across India have gathered in Bulandshahr for Tablighi Jamaat’s Ijtema (religious gathering).
  • The attack on police happened around 30 kilometres away from the site of the ijtema that ended on December 3 peacefully.
  • By evening, the UP government deployed security forces in and around the town. Top police officials are camping in Bulandshahr to prevent any further aggravation of the incident.
  • The police claimed that the situation is under control but appealed to the public to desist from spreading inflammatory rumours floating around on social media.
  • Two FIRs have been filed. One related to the alleged cow slaughter, and the other, against more than 100 people who attacked the police at the Chingravathi chowki.
  • A Special Investigation Team has been constituted to probe the matter. The police, meanwhile, arrested two people and detained four others in connection with the violence.

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