In Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh on 3 December, Monday an on-duty police officer named Subodh Kumar lost his life to the rage of a mob of religiously blind protesters. As per media reports, Hindu groups gathered with a cow carcass claiming it to be a case of slaughter and blocked roads. The cops of Syana police station soon reached the spot and finding the situation to be way beyond control, began blank firing.
This drove the already insane people further crazy and they attacked the police vehicle and the station. It began with Stone pelting but soon automatic weapons took over, as stated by another policeman who’s also an eye witness.
Inspector Subodh was shot near his left brow, sustained a blunt trauma and was declared ‘brought dead’ at Aurangabad CHC. After the officer, who was also in charge of Akbar Akhlaq lynching case was killed, cops from other police stations rushed to control the violence.
“People complained that a cattle carcass was found in the field, villagers were assured action. But they carried the carcass on a tractor and blocked the main road. The protest turned violent and stones were pelted at police. The forces retaliated with lathi-charge.” Anand Kumar, ADG (Law and Order) talks to ANI.
Kumar confirms the bullet that killed Subodh was of .32 bore. He further states that UP CM Yogi Adityanath who’s distressed with the news has not only announced compensations for the victims but also has appointed a special investigation team to probe thoroughly into the matter.
The mob consisted of members of Bajrang Dal and Hindu Yuva Vahini. They hold records of protesting against illegal slaughterhouses too. A civilian has also succumbed to a bullet injury during the riots.
“He wanted us to be a good citizen. He wanted us to be a person who doesn’t incite violence in the name of religion. Be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian everyone is equal over here,” Subodh’s son Abhishek Kumar said on Tuesday, according to news agency ANI.
Abhishek, a student of Class 12, had just finished writing his exams when he received the news of his father’s death.
“It is my father who lost his life this time. Who is going to be the next?” he asked.
Off late the protests related to cow slaughters have seen a rise in India, but what shocks us the most is that even a man in uniform was shot dead in broad daylight! We wonder how many amongst the protesters had weapons and if they were legal? Moreover, whether the cow was actually ‘slaughtered’ or was dead due to some other reasons, is still unclear. Even if it was, then we have ample laws to deal with it. Why are we do much Keen at making Justice in our own?