On December 3, after the discovery of cow carcasses from a forest Yogesh Raj is accused of inciting mob violence. A police officer was attacked with an axe and shot dead. He got arrested nearly one month after the incident.
He was escaping from police for 30 days and even sent videos from hiding. According to the reports he was detained only after Bajrang Dal turned him in. Bajrang Dal is a Hindu right way outfit.
Yogesh Raj filed a police complaint of cow slaughter after five carcasses of cow found scattered in a forest. He complains to the police about seven accused and protested. A violence increased between the protesters and the police and the situation got out of hand. A mob of 400 chased officer Subodh Kumar to a corner in a field and shot dead. The mob reportedly included activists of the Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and a youth wing member of the ruling BJP.
It is accused that the UP government is not taking necessary steps in the killing of the policeman but showing more eagerness in rounding up suspects of cow slaughter. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered to strictly investigate the matter of cow killing but has not discussed much the policeman’s killing.
On the basis of the complaint of Yogesh Raj, five Muslim men were arrested but soon after two weeks police let them go for lack of evidence.
On January 1, the man named kalua, who was accused of attacking the policeman with an axe, was arrested. He attacked the inspector and brutally chopped off a couple of his fingers and then inflicted his head down.
Prashant Nutt, who allegedly shot the officer, was also arrested on December 28.