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U.P. govt. shielding Bulandshahr riot case accused: Yechury

The Uttar Pradesh administration is shielding the accused in the Bulandshahr riot case and harassing the innocent, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Thursday.

He was speaking at a rally organised by the five Left parties on the 26th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, which they are observing as ‘Defend the Constitution and Secularism Day.’ The rally was attended by the CPI(M), the CPI, All-India Forward Block, the Revolutionary Socialist Party and CPI(ML).

Subodh Kumar Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Siyana police station in Bulandshahr district, was shot dead and a 21-year-old youth, Sumit, was killed in police cross-fire on Monday.

Mr. Yechury accused the ruling BJP of spreading the worst kind of communalism for their electoral benefit. It was a dangerous situation where the government itself was the biggest threat to the country’s unity and integrity. He charged the Uttar Pradesh administration headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with sheltering the accused in the Bulandshahr riot case. “They could not save their own police officer. And now, instead of acting against the men who killed him, they are harassing the innocent,” Mr. Yechury said.

Mandir issue

The BJP, he said, had proclaimed before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that they would abide by the Supreme Court order on Ram Mandir and now they were creating a frenzy to bring an ordinance on the temple issue. In the last four years and seven months, the ruling BJP was silent on the Ayodhya temple issue and it was being raked again as the next general election was approaching. “Their [the BJP and the RSS] agenda is to garner votes by playing the communal card. The act of the BJP will destroy the secular and democratic character of the country,” he said.

D. Raja, national general secretary of the CPI, alleged that the RSS, VHP and other affiliates of the Sangh Parivar were out to change the character of the country. “They want to make India a Hindu state. But they cannot succeed... The people of India will defeat this divisive agenda of Sangha Parivar,” he said.

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