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Published On: Sat, Dec 8th, 2018

Army man allegedly involved in killing of Bulandshahr inspector Subodh Singh held

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subodhNEW DELHI : An army man who is the key suspect in the killing of Bulandshahr inspector Subodh Kumar Singh has been nabbed in Sopore of Jammu and Kashmir by a team of Uttar Pradesh police. Singh was killed after a mob led by members of Hindutva groups went on a rampage, attacking the local police station and setting fire to several vehicles.
Jitendra Malik, also known as Jeetu Fauji, was in Bulandshahr, his hometown on a 15 day leave at the time of the violence. He was identified in several videos of the violence. According to NDTV, he is believed to have fled to Sopore on the same day that Singh was killed. Sumit, a member of the BJP’s youth wing, was also killed in the violence.
Police are investigating whether Malik could have fired the shot that killed Singh. A senior officer investigating the incident told NDTV it is too soon to say conclusively that Jeetu Fauji is the one who shot inspector Singh. On Friday, The News Portal Wire had reported that the army was willing to cooperate with the investigation into the killing. “The police has contacted Northern Command and full cooperation is being extended. Details would be released by the police at the appropriate time after a positive identification. Since the matter is under investigation, no other comment can be offered,” said the army statement.
Inspector Singh was attacked by the mob when he went to the village to control the violence. A video shows a mob chasing the policemen and shouting, “Maaro, take his gun!” Singh was assaulted with a sharp weapon and then shot in the head. Singh was the investigating officer of the Dadri lynching case from September 28, 2015 to November 9, 2015. However, the chargesheet had been filed by a different IO in March, 2016.
Around eight people have been arrested in relation to the violence. While four have been arrested in connection with the police officer’s killing, the other four have been arrested due to alleged cow slaughter in the area. The main conspirator, Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, is on the run. The UP police and chief minister Adityanath have said the priority is to investigate the allegations of cow slaughter, not the killing of Singh.
Meanwhile, The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday transferred Bulandshahr SSP Krishna Bahadur Singh to the DGP office. Principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar said that the senior superintendent of police will be replaced by Sitapur SP Prabhakar Chaudhary. The government transferred two other policemen of Bulandshahr – circle officer Syana Satya Prakash Sharma and Chingravati police chowki in-charge Suresh Kumar.
Additional director general (ADG) Intelligence S.B. Shiradkar had on Friday submitted a report on the violence. The transfers are understood to be in line with the findings of the report on police handling of the situation. The report says that the the violence was part of a “larger conspiracy” that was intended to clash with a Muslim procession scheduled to pass through Bulandshahr-Garhmukteshwar State Highway on December 3.
It also says the cow carcasses found at the spot were more than 48-hours-old, suggesting that it was a pre-meditated attempt to instigate violence. Another inquiry by a government-constituted SIT is underway, and the team is going into every minute detail and video footage of the incident, the officer said.Also, a magisterial probe had been ordered by the government into the incidents.( With Inputs from Agencies).

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