In Bulandshahr Violence, National Security Act Invoked Against 7 Accused

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December 3 violence in Bulandshahr left Subodh Kumar dead. (File)

New Delhi:

Seven people accused of orchestrating the clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr last month have been charged under the National Security Act, news agency PTI quoted officials as saying on Monday. The violence, which occurred after right-wing activists protested against alleged cow slaughter in the area, claimed the lives of a police officer and a civilian.

The names of those charged under the stringent law, which provides the authorities with powers to detain anybody acting in "any manner prejudicial to national security", were not disclosed.

Main accused Yogesh Raj, a district leader of right-wing group Bajrang Dal, was arrested on January 3, exactly a month after police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and local resident Sumit were killed in the mob violence. Police have accused him of inciting the mob after discovering cattle carcasses in a forested area around a time when lakhs of Muslim devotees had gathered at a neighbouring venue for a religious event.

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