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Bulandshahr violence: Main accused Yogesh Raj claims innocence in video, demands CBI probe

No laxity allowed against officers indulging in corrupt practices: Vijay Nanda

A Bajrang Dal leader absconding after mob violence over alleged cow slaughter that killed a police inspector and a youth in Bulandshahr surfaced in a video clip Wednesday, claiming innocence.

The western Uttar Pradesh unit of the right-wing organisation has also claimed that its Bulandshahr convenor Yogesh Raj was not involved in the violence, but said he should surrender.The Bajrang Dal suggested that the probe should be conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation, and not the state police.The police, who arrested four people after Monday’s violence, reported no further arrests till the evening.

Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh suggested there was conspiracy behind the violence.With lakhs of people collected for a ‘Tabligi Ijtema’, a congregation of Muslims, 40 km from Mahaw village where the cattle carcasses were found, police also succeeded in containing what could have been a communal riot, he told PTI.Security was visibly reduced but tension persisted in Chingrawathi, Mahaw and Naya Bans villages of Bulandshahr’s Siyana tehsil on Wednesday.