Bulandshahr case: probe continues

Bulandshahr case: probe continues
Jeetendra Malik alias Jeetu was handed over by his unit based in Kashmir to the team investigating the killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh (R). (File)
Srinagar/Lucknow, Dec 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/8/2018 11:10:29 AM IST

An army soldier who is accused of killing a police inspector in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr was handed over by his unit of the Rashtriya Rifles to the UP Police on Saturday for further investigation.

Jeetendra Malik alias Jeetu Fauji was handed over by his unit based in Kashmir to the team investigating the killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in the violence that broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday over alleged illegal cow slaughter.

Earlier, a police team from UP that is investigating the case had contacted the army and sought custody of the soldier who had left his home soon after the killing of the police inspector.

Sources said that after getting nod from top officials of the army, it was decided to hand over Malik to the police. The defence spokesman in Srinagar refused to comment.

On Friday, army spokesman had said that police had contacted the Army’s northern command and fullest cooperation is being extended to them.

However, it is not clear whether Malik was handed over to the police team in Kashmir or at some other place. Army officials in Kashmir are tight-lipped and didn’t disclose any details.

After scanning video recordings, the state police began searching for the soldier, who is reportedly seen firing during the Bulandshahr violence that led to the death of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a local youth Sumit Kumar.

A senior police officer privy to the investigations confirmed that one of the videos shows the army man, a resident of the Bulandshahr, firing, but his involvement in the killings is yet to be ascertained.

SSP, two other officials transferred

The Uttar Pradesh government Saturday transferred Bulandshahr SSP  Krishna Bahadur Singh to the DGP office here, five days after two people, including an inspector, were killed in violence following an alleged cow slaughter incident.

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 SB Shiradkar had 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.

On December 3, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a local youth, Sumit, were killed in violence over an alleged cow slaughter incident in the city.  The inspector and his team had gone to the village to tackle the violence when they came under attack.

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. Police have arrested nine accused in the Bulandshahr case but the main conspirator, Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, is on the run. 

In a video that surfaced online on Wednesday, Raj had claimed innocence.

Another suspect is Jeetu Fauji, and a police team has been sent to Jammu to nab him, a senior officer said.

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.

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