A MAN accused of orchestrating a riot over alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr in 2018, wherein a police inspector was killed, is among the many winners within the panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh, the outcomes of which had been introduced on Monday.
Yogesh Kumar, a resident of Syana village, has been out on bail since 2019. According to the outcomes introduced for Ward 5, Bulandshahr, Yogesh acquired 10,352 of the 27,763 votes polled. He beat Nirdosh Chaudhary, who acquired 8,269 votes.
“In the past, I have been associated with many social service organisations. There are several issues which can only be resolved with political will. These include issues of disabled people, widows and even farmers. I am thankful to the people for electing me,” Yogesh mentioned after his win.
“My next step will be Lok Sabha elections, which will be decided as per the atmosphere,” he mentioned.
On allegations regarding his function within the 2018 riots, he mentioned, “I am accused of violence and not murder. Two people died in the riots and my sympathies are with them.”
Yogesh was arrested by Bulandshahr Police in January 2019 for allegedly inciting rioters over alleged cow slaughter on December 3, 2018. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed by the protesting mob.
In March 2019, the SIT filed a chargesheet together with 3,000 pages from the case diary in reference to the FIR filed at Syana Police Station.
According to the chargesheet, a number of cellphone calls had been exchanged between Yogesh and different accused previous to the cow slaughter protest. The chargesheet alleged that Bajrang Dal activists led the mob after placing the cow carcass in a trolley in an try and trigger large-scale riots.
Yogesh was a Bajrang Dal activist on the time of the riots and presently the organisation has denied any hyperlinks with him.