Yogesh Raj, one of the main accused in the Bulandshahr violence, who has been absconding, has released a video on Wednesday, saying he is not involved in the violence in Bulandshahr and was not even in the location of the violence.
Here is what he said in the video:
"There were two incidents that happened on that day, the police is portraying me as though I have a history of crimes.
The first incident happened in Siana where there was a cow slaughter, due to which I reached there with my supporters. The police also reached there and we went to the Siana police station.
After reaching the police station, I found out that there was violence in a secret location and that there was firing too and that a youth and a police inspector were shot. I was not present in the location second incident. I have nothing to do with it. I have full faith in God that I will be cleared of accusations.
While addressing a media briefing on Tuesday, on the violence in Bulandshahr, Anand Kumar Srivastava, Additional Director General (Law and Order) stated that the police are on the lookout for the main accused, Yogesh Raj.
"Yogesh is on run. Yogesh Raj, local functionary of the Bajrang Dal, is the culprit and we are trying to nab him. Slain cop Subodh Kumar was first attacked by a blunt object and then someone fired at him. He(Subodh Kumar) was in Akhlaq case but he has been transferred from there," he said, referring to the investigation into the 2015 lynching and killing.
Surendra Jain, national spokesperson of Bajrang Dal on Tuesday, had also denied the involvement of its functionary in the killings and later went onto claim that the incident took place due to the anger of the people.
"This is the reaction of the entire Hindu community. It happened because of the failure of the government in preventing the slaughter of cows. The government may make the laws but they are not being implemented and these things will continue to happen. If the government does not do anything to prevent cow slaughter, then people will continue to protest against it. I am not justifying the violence, but if the government does not take the necessary action then the public will react in such a manner," he said, while speaking to Republic TV.