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Bulandshahr violence: Prime accused Yogesh Raj arrested

Yogesh Raj, local convener of Bajrang Dal, had been absconding since 3 December and was arrested from Khurja on Wednesday night

SNS | Meerut |

Yogesh Raj, key accused in the mob violence in Bulandshahr in which a police inspector and a civilian were killed on 3 December, has been arrested. Police said the absconding local convenor of Bajrang Dal was arrested around 11.30 pm on Wednesday from the Khurja T-point on National Highway 91.

Earlier, Satish and Vineet, who were accused of the violence, and Azhar, accused in the cow slaughtering case, had surrendered in the local court in Bulandshahr on Wednesday.

“Yes, Yogesh Raj has been arrested. He is undergoing medical examination and would be produced in the local court later today for legal proceedings,” Circle Officer (Siyana) Raghvendra Kumar Mishra told PTI on Thursday.

Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar, 20, died of bullet wounds during the mob violence on 3 December after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a nearby village, Mahaw. Angry protesters had created ruckus at the Chingrawathi police post, alleging inaction over complaints of cow slaughter.

An FIR had been registered against 27 people who had been named and 50 to 60 unidentified people at the Siyana police station.

A separate FIR was lodged for cow slaughter on a complaint filed by Yogesh Raj.

As many as 37 people have been arrested so far in the case.

The police had on 27 December arrested one Prashant Natt, calling him the main accused. he was picked up from the Bulandshahr-Noida border after his identification from a series of mobile phone-made videos of the violence.

The police had also said Natt had confessed to his crime, though the weapon used for the killing, a pistol, was yet to be recovered.

(With PTI)