Almost a month after the accused men of 2018 Bulandshahr violence were garlanded as they were released on bail, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday has granted bail to the main accused. Yogesh Raj, local Bajrang Dal leader was arrested on January 3 this year as the main conspirator behind the Bulandshahr violence. The incident had that left a police officer and a civilian dead. Justice Siddharth allowed the bail application of Yogesh Raj on Wednesday.
The advocate appearing for the petitioner argued that Raj had no role in the violence and that the other accused were already enlarged on bail in this matter. The counsel for the state government opposed the bail, saying the applicant had committed a serious offence of sedition. Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, 44, and civilian Sumit Kumar, 20, were killed during the mob violence on December 3 last year. An FIR against 27 named people and 50 to 60 unidentified people was registered at the Siyana Police Station for the violence that was witnessed at Chingrawathi police post after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside nearby Mahaw village.
In a shocking incident, last month, men accused in the same case received a hero's welcome when they were released on bail. In Bulanshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, 6 men accused of invoking violence in December 2018 were released on bail, after which they received a hero's welcome outside the jail. The video of their reception tweeted by news agency ANI showed that when the accused were released, they were garlanded amid chants of Vande Mataram and Jai Shri Ram. The key accused Shikhar Agarwal and Jeetu Fauji were seen being welcomed by their supporters amid cheers. people were also seen taking turns to take photos and selfies with the accused. Shikhar Agarwal, a BJP Youth Wing leader, and five others were granted bail by the chief judicial magistrate.
Earlier when accused were garlanded, the slain police officer's wife- Rajni Singh expressed her sorrow, while talking to Republic TV. She questioned how this riot-accused could be left out of jail. Expressing her dismay at the welcome they received she asked whether people have forgotten their humanity. She also alleged that the bail of such criminals would only embolden them.
"Any accused who can kill one inspector, have they promised to the court that they won't commit a crime again? The fear in him has gone. Now the accused will feel that if I could get bail for killing a uniformed inspector within six months, I can do anything. What has happened to the humanity of our country people? Now they are garlanding accused while they probably do not remember the true patriots. I feel that this matter was set so as to elevate certain politicians," she said.