Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday condemned the alleged police killing of a 53-year-old Muslim woman Roshni who was resisting her son’s detention in a cow slaughter case, calling it “BJP 2.0’s Raj.”
Roshni who resisted her son Abdu Rehman’s detention in a cow slaughter case, allegedly died in police firing at Islamnagar village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sidhharthnagar district on late Saturday night.
“This is not just a bullet, but a murder by the police,” tweeted Samajwadi Party’s official media handle.
“Yogi government is responsible for this murder,” it said.
Roshni’s son Atirqur Rehman said that around 15-20 police officers reached their house on Saturday night and tried to take his brother Abdul Rehman into custody without giving any reason. When Roshni resisted the police, one of the cops opened fire in which she sustained a bullet injury due to which she died on the spot.
The police came with a special operations group. The police also took away Abdu Rehman despite the protests by villagers.
The deceased’s family was busy doing preparations for the wedding of Roshni’s daughter Rabia scheduled for 22 May, the newspaper reported. Abdul Rehman arrived from Mumbai on 9 May to attend his sister’s marriage.
“They fired. My mother was hit by a bullet,” Abdu Rehman told reporters outside a local hospital where his mother was declared dead.
After the police killing, the villagers protested against the police action. The massive protest forced the police party to flee.
“They shot her and fled. They didn’t even pick her up,” Rehman said.
Following the outrage, an FIR has been lodged on a complaint by the son of the deceased. Siddharth Nagar police on Sunday lodged an FIR against unidentified policemen on charges of murder. The complaint alleged that police personnel first threatened to shoot Roshni when she tried to rescue her son and later opened fire.
Not police bullet, says police, one held for murder
A day after the woman died of a bullet injury, police claimed that on Monday they arrested a man in connection with the incident.
“We have arrested one Jitendra Yadav who extorts money from those involved in cow slaughter. Also, we have recovered a country made pistol of 0.315 bore from his possession. A shell of a fired cartridge was also found in the pistol,” superintendent of police (SP), Siddharthnagar, Yashvir Singh said to media.
“It is likely that the woman died from the bullet fired by Yadav,” Saingh said.
The SP further said the family members of the deceased women also found the bullet of the same bore from the site of incident.