Policemen gather outside a police station following mob violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh on December 3. (AFP/Getty Images)
A police inspector who died along with a local following violence over alleged cow slaughter was killed by a bullet in the head and had suffered wounds from hard and blunt objects, the post-mortem has revealed.
The bullet pierced 47-year-old Subodh Kumar Singh’s head near the left eyebrow, the report said. “The entry of the bullet is near the left eyebrow. As per post-mortem report it appears to be a .32 bore,” the ADG (law and order) Anand Kumar said.
Singh, the SHO of Siana Police Station, and 20-year-old local named Sumit were killed on Monday when a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post and clashed with cops.
Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the protestors from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones on police and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and Chingarwathi Police Chowki, after some body parts of cows were found in a jungle near the village, prompting the police to open fire.
Police said there was firing by miscreants also during the clash. Singh suffered a gunshot injury in addition to wounds from hard and blunt objects, ADG (Law and Order) Kumar said, citing the post-mortem report.
Several police officers present at the spot later told News18 that Singh could have been saved, but the mob did not let him be taken to the hospital. Ram Ashray, who was driving the SHO’s vehicle, was among the first ones who spotted the injured officer. He rushed to him in his car in order to get him first aid.
“He was lying on the ground. I drove the car to a field and put him in it. As soon as we began moving, a mob landed and started shouting, ‘
’. They were throwing stones from behind trees. Everyone started running away. I ran as well. The SHO was already injured and we were trying to take him to the hospital. We could hear gunshots from the sugarcane fields,” he said.
Inspector Singh was an investigating officer in the Akhlaq lynching case of Dadri between September 28, 2015 and November 9, 2015. The mob lynching of Akhlaq over rumours of cow slaughter and possession of beef in his home had triggered a massive outrage across the country.
“I would say that the police officer was brave that he ventured into the crowd alone to pacify them. He was just doing his job. He was known to be a person who never backed down from any tough situation. We have lost an asset,” Bulandshahr District Magistrate (DM) Anuj Jha said.
A video showing the body of a policeman slumped to ground from the seat of a police vehicle surrounded by some people came to light after the incident. But the police refused to confirm if it was of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh’s.
However, a senior police official requesting anonymity said, “In all likelihood, it appears to be Subodh Kumar’s.”
The violence started at around 10 am in Siana area in the district where a major three-day Islamic congregation had concluded on Monday afternoon. The police warned against attempts to spread any misleading information, saying the incident was not related in any way to the congregation.
“The incident occurred 40-50 km away from the congregation site. Some miscreants were behind the violence and action is being taken against them in accordance with law,” the Bulandshahr Police tweeted in the evening.