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Bulandshahr violence: Local BJP youth wing leader arrested

Friday, January 11, 2019

Meerut (UP): The Uttar Pradesh Police Thursday arrested a local BJP youth wing leader accused of instigating mob violence in Bulandshahr that killed a police inspector and a civilian last month.

Shikhar Agarwal alias Shekhar (25) had been on the run for nearly 40 days but was held at 7.20 am near a flyover in adjoining Hapur district by the Bulandshahr police, a senior official said.

"He was arrested this morning," Additional Superintendent of Police (Bulandhshahr city) Atul Kumar Srivastava told PTI.

Agarwal was interrogated by police before being produced in a local court, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody, he said.

With his arrest, the number of accused held for the December 3 violence has reached 36, Srivastava said. On December 3, 2018, mob violence had broken out in Siyana tehsil of Bulandshahr after cattle carcasses were found strewn in the fields outside Mahaw village.

Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh (44) and Sumit Kumar, (20) were shot dead during the violence, after which an FIR was registered at the Siyana police station in which around 80 people were accused.

Around six months ago, Agarwal was appointed the head of the newly-formed Siyana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP, another police official said.

While he was in hiding, a purported video of Agarwal had surfaced on social media in which he claimed innocence and also accused the slain inspector of "corruption" and "siding with the Muslim community to get our mother (referring to cows) attacked".

Agarwal, who claimed to be pursuing a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Aligarh, said in the video that he had "full faith in the Yogi (Adityanath) government" in the state and he was ready for any probe.

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