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.
No classes were held in schools in the area where a mob torched a police post and attacked policemen on Monday after some carcasses were found in a field.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who had initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar died of gunshot injuries in the attack.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will meet the slain inspector’s family on Thursday, officials said in Lucknow.
"He will cooperate with the police and come out at the right time," Bhati said.
"Certainly he should surrender, but I should also make it clear that the probe should be conducted by a bigger agency for the truth to be revealed,” he said, suggesting that the CBI should take over.
Raj said that while he and his supporters were still at the police station they got to know that villagers were pelting stones.
“I have nothing to do with it. I have full faith in God. I will be cleared of all accusations," he said.
The Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and the state’s Rapid Action Force (RAF) deployed in the area around the violence site has pulled out.
The carcasses were found on his fields and he and some others from the village are absconding.
"Around 1 am on December 4, 14-15 policemen forcibly entered our house and vandalised everything. There was no woman police official with them," Chaudhary’s sister-in-law Beena Devi said.
His wife Preeti claimed the police damaged their car, broke windows of the house and assaulted her.
"One of the policeman wearing a black jacket hurled abuses at me. One of them hit me on my right leg with a baton and the skin on that part has turned black around my knee," she claimed.
Priyanka, 24, whose husband Jitendra Malik has been named in the FIR, also accused the police of assaulting her.
"I was at home with my father-in-law and three-month-old baby when the police came to our house. They assaulted me so badly that my hand got fractured and one ear also got badly injured," she told PTI over the phone from a hospital in Meerut.
Two of the accused in the case are minors, aged 11 and 12, while one, Sarfuddin, is claimed to have been wrongly named in the FIR.
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