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NEW DELHI: Police officer Subodh Kumar Singh was killed early this week in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr while trying to calm a mob that was running riot over rumours of cow slaughter. The policeman was unarmed.

According to the police’s initial probe, the carcass of cow recovered from the jungle of Chingravati village near Syana was at least two days old. “The cow carcass is being assumed to be at least two days old. The final conclusion would be based on a forensic lab report,” IG Crime S K Bhagat had said on Wednesday.

BIGGER FLARE-UP AVOIDED: The timing, location and circumstances that led to the violence were a perfect recipe for a communal riot big enough to make international headlines but the death of the inspector prevented that flare-up as the mob panicked and dispersed, feel senior police officers.

“The police officer’s death apparently made the mob realise the gravity of the situation and those indulging in violence and arson panicked and dispersed. There could have been the fear that police could turn aggressive after a colleague’s death,” a senior police officer said.

WHAT’S NEW? Riotous mobs are behind most of the injuries to policemen (43% of 3,486 in 2015). The other big reasons are ‘attacks by other criminals’ (33%), accidents (17%) and ‘terrorist/extremists operation’ (4%).

COMPENSATION: On death, the compensation paid to the family of a policeman depends on which state he dies in (Delhi gives Rs 1 crore, UP Rs 50 lakh) or how charged the political atmosphere is. When the family of Subodh Kumar Singh met UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, apart from the Rs 50 lakh compensation (paid to every UP cop killed on duty), it was told it will have its Rs 25-30 lakh loans paid off, it was promised a road and (possibly) a college named after the slain cop. That doesn’t happen to all policemen killed in the line of duty.

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Subodh Kumar Singh’s family meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath

THE POLITICS: The statement released after the chief minister’s meeting over the violence doesn’t mention the policeman, though it does mention the (still unproven) issue of cow slaughter. According to the official press release, the CM told officials, “Tough action needs to be taken against those who carried out cow slaughter. The incident is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner.

Later, a top cop heading the investigation, IG (Meerut range) Ram Kumar, said: “But who was behind cow slaughter… who was behind the cow conspiracy. This is a bigger question than catching a person who’s on video, against whom there is no forensic proof…”.

Meanwhile, the accused who are on the run have been releasing videos claiming innocence. A day after absconding prime accused Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj claimed innocence, another clip was uploaded on social media by yet another accused on the run Shikhar Agarwal claiming innocence and levelling charges against the martyred inspector.

Slain cop was corrupt and threatened to shoot me: Bulandshahr violence accused


Slain cop was corrupt and threatened to shoot me: Bulandshahr violence accused


Bottomline: Expect politics over the carcass to progress faster than the investigation into the cop’s killing.

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