A Bajrang Dal activist, who is likely one of the fundamental accused in the 2018 mob violence in Bulandshahr in which a police officer was killed, has been elected as a member in the Zilla panchayat polls.
Yogesh Raj gained the Zilla Panchayat election from Ward 5 in Bulandshahr. According to the State Election Commission, he secured 10,351 votes, round 37%.
Police officer Subodh Singh was amongst two individuals killed in mob violence that happened following allegations of cow slaughter in a village in Bulandshahr in December 2018.
Mr. Raj was accused as one of the main instigators of the mob.
Talking to the media after his win, Mr. Raj mentioned he had overwhelmed his nearest opponent by 2150 votes.
On the prison allegations in opposition to him, he mentioned, “I am accused of only instigating violence not for murder.”
In 2019, the Allahabad High Court granted him bail.
Mr. Raj claimed that he was not in any outfit because the Bajrang Dal had relived him of his put up of district convenor a 12 months in the past.
Rashtriya Lok Dal vice-president Jayant Chaudhary mentioned Mr. Raj’s win was a matter of fear. “Voters have to defeat the politics of hate and frenzy, only then inclusive development will be possible in Uttar Pradesh,” Mr. Chaudhary tweeted.