In­spec­tor’s mur­der was ac­ci­den­tal: Adityanath

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LUCKNOW: The killing of a po­lice in­spec­tor dur­ing vi­o­lent clashes in Ut­tar Pradesh’s Bu­land­shahr ear­lier this week was an ac­ci­dent and not a case of mob lynch­ing, state chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath said on Fri­day as state po­lice fo­cused their search on a sol­dier who al­legedly fired the shot that killed the se­nior of­fi­cer.

Adityanath’s com­ment came in Delhi at an event hosted by a Hindi news­pa­per, a day after he or­dered strict ac­tion against cow slaugh­ter and un­law­ful trade in cat­tle, say­ing dis­trict mag­is­trates and other se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials would be held per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for any lapse.

Two se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers – Meerut in­spec­tor gen­eral Ram Ku­mar and di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice OP Singh – have said they see a “con­spir­acy” be­hind the in­ci­dent, with the for­mer say­ing that solv­ing the case of al­leged cow slaugh­ter, which trig­gered the clashes, was more im­por­tant.

In­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh and a 21-year-old man, Su­mit Ku­mar, were killed on Mon­day as a ram­pag­ing mob torched ve­hi­cles and clashed with se­cu­rity forces for three hours over al­le­ga­tions of cow slaugh­ter.

The killings have been widely con­demned by op­po­si­tion par­ties with many point­ing out that a let­ter, pur­port­edly signed by lo­cal functionaries of the BJP in Septem­ber, had blamed Singh for hurt­ing Hindu sen­ti­ments and not act­ing quickly in cases of cow slaugh­ter. The let­ter also sought his trans­fer and a probe against the of­fi­cial. After scan­ning mul­ti­ple videos of the clashes, po­lice said they are search­ing for an army man, a lo­cal res­i­dent, who was iden­ti­fied in one of the clips and was pur­port­edly seen fir­ing.

Ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral (Meerut zone) Prashant Ku­mar said the man, iden­ti­fied only as Jee­tendra alias Fauji, was men­tioned as one of the 27 ac­cused named in the FIR on charges of mur­der and ri­ot­ing. “His role is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” he said.

A se­nior of­fi­cer privy to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said the man had gone miss­ing after the in­ci­dent. His fam­ily re­port­edly claimed he was on leave and had re­turned to the place of his post­ing in Jammu.

LO­CAL FUNCTIONARIES OF THE BJP SOUGHT THE IN­SPEC­TOR’S TRANS­FER IN SEPTEM­BER, AL­LEG­ING THAT HE DID NOT ACT QUICKLY ON COW SLAUGH­TER CASES

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