On being confronted with video of people hailing Bulandshahr riot accused men who were granted bail on Sunday, Bulandshahr's Syana BJP MLA Devendra Singh Lodhi denied having any knowledge of it. Speaking to Republic TV, he said, " I do not have information about this. So I cannot comment on this." Earlier in the day, the six riot-accused men received a hero's welcome by locals after they were released on bail. These men are accused of violence in Bulandshahr on December 2018, where Police officer Subodh Singh was killed.
Reacting to the lack of sympathy to the victims, the slain police officer's wife- Rajni Singh has 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.
In the video accessed by Republic TV, visuals show that on Sunday when the accused were released, amid chants of Vande Mataram and Jai Shri Ram, the accused were garlanded. The key accused Shikhar Agarwal and Jeetu Fauji can be seen being welcomed by their supporters amid cheers. The viral video also shows them garlanding the accused and 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 recently.
On December 3, inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed in mob violence after cattle carcasses were allegedly found near Mahaw village. Lakhs of people had gathered in the village for a 'Tabligi Ijtema'. Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the killing of the policeman was arrested from Khurja on January 3 a few days after he had gone into hiding. He along with the other co-accused had rampaged through the village against the alleged cow slaughter. On intervening to curb the mob, Singh had lost his life.