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Culture of fear, hatred, impunity has spread across UP: Amnesty India on Bulandshahr mob violence

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A human rights watchdog Tuesday condemned the killing of a in Bulandshahr, triggered allegedly over cow slaughter, saying a "culture of fear, hatred and impunity has spread across Uttar Pradesh".

Subodh Kumar Singh, who had probed the lynching case in Dadri initially, and 20-year-old died of gunshot injuries Monday as a rampaging mob, protesting against alleged illegal cow slaughter, torched a police post and clashed with the men in uniform.

The attack was a consequence of the growing impunity that the perpetrators of cow-related violence had in Uttar Pradesh, the said in a statement.

"The government has arrested four people so far in the death of But mere arrests are not enough. The disturbing truth is that cow-vigilante groups operate in many cases with the tacit approval of the state authorities," it added.

Singh was the first investigating in the case of the death of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed in 2015 by a mob at Dadri in on the suspicion that he possessed and consumed beef.

The sad reality in was that nobody was safe from the violence perpetrated by cow vigilantes, neither the police nor the marginalised communities "or in fact anyone", Asmita Basu, Programmes Director, India, said.

"The of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, must take responsibility for the death of the A culture of fear, hatred and impunity has spread across Uttar Pradesh. Many more will be attacked by the cow-vigilante groups in the state if the government does not end the prevailing impunity and bring those responsible to justice," she added.

The increased religious divisions that the encouraged only put the ordinary people at the risk of discrimination, hostility and violence, Basu said, adding that this must end immediately and the government must commit to respecting the rights of all people.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 17:55 IST