Lucknow, Dec 19 On a day a group of former civil servants attacked his government on the Bulandshahr issue, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that the violence was a "political conspiracy" and far from being slammed his government should actually be "praised" for nipping the "conspiracy" in the bud.
"The conspiracy that had been hatched in Bulandshahr has been unmasked. This political conspiracy was hatched by those who wanted to incite a riot and create anarchy through cow slaughter. They are cowards," Adityanath said.
"But their designs have failed. I think those criticising us are doing so to hide their own failures. They should instead appreciate the government, they should thank the government," he added.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead during the violence that was provoked by allegations of cow slaughter on December 3.
A group of former bureaucrats on Wednesday came down heavily on Yogi and his government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Bulandshahr mob violence saying "politics of hate has taken the most dangerous turn".
Meanwhile, Inspector Subodh Kumar's wife demanded to know from the government why after 16 days his killers have not been nabbed. She said evidence that could lead to the killers was being erased.
Earlier, a group of former bureaucrats and diplomats have come down heavily on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the Bulandshahr mob violence which they said showed "perverted" fundamental principles of governance and constitutional ethics of the BJP government in the state and slammed the "stony silence" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.
"The mob violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh on Dec 3, 2018, instigated and engineered with malicious intent, led to the cold-blooded murder of a police officer brave enough to step forward single-handedly to pacify the mob, marks the most dangerous turn yet in the direction taken by the politics of hate in recent times.
"It shows that in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, fundamental principles of governance, of constitutional ethics and of humane social conduct stand perverted. The Chief Minister of the state acts as high priest of the agenda of bigotry and majoritarian supremacy -- an agenda which now seems to take precedence over everything else," they said in an open letter.
The 83 signatories to the letter -- including former Foreign Secretaries Shiv Shankar Menon (who was also National Security Adviser), Shayam Saran and Sujata Singh, former Ambassador and DGP Julio Ribeiro, former Special Secretary Vappala Balakrishnan, former Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Harsh Mander and Jawahar Sircar -- said in the letter that it was a measure of rapid erosion of constitutional values that they as a group had felt a compelling need to speak out about as many as nine times in the last 18 months.