Shikhar Agarwal, from Siyana in Bulandshahr district who headed the district unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, BJP’s youth wing, before his arrest, has gone to Aligarh and is unlikely to return home soon, according to his mother, Hema.
The family's reaction came after a video surfaced which showed two of the accused — Shikhar Agarwal, who was a BJP youth wing leader, and Jeetu Fauji — being garlanded by their supporters amidst cheers and sloganeering in what appear to be a festive atmosphere.
Subodh Kumar Singh, the station house officer of Siyana, and local youth, Sumit Kumar, were killed on December 3 in mob violence near Siyana village in Bulandshahr during protests against alleged cow slaughter.
A total of 38 people, including local BJP and Bajrang Dal leaders, were arrested for the violence that broke out in Siyana tehsil of Bulandshahr on December 3, leading to the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and villager Sumit Singh.
"Five people have been charged with murder of Siyana SHO Subodh Kumar Singh. The other 33 have been charged with rioting, arson and offences of similar nature,” Bulandshahr SP Atul Kumar Srivastava said.
Going by the record, it would appear that when the perpetrators of the violence are minorities, the process of justice is swift. When they form part of organised Hindu militant groups, the fabled long arm of the law barely moves.
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