‘Inspector’s murder was accidental’
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.
His mother, Ratan Kaur, told television channels that the police raided their house, beat up his wife, and damaged household goods and the car. “If any evidence like a picture or a video emerges showing he killed the policeman, then I will kill him myself,” she said.
The officer said officials of the army man’s unit in Jammu had been contacted, but that he (the army man) remained untraceable.
An army spokesperson confirmed that the UP Police contacted the Northern Command and were assured cooperation; the spokesperson also added the “details would be released by the UP police at appropriate time after positive identification”.
The police have filed two FIRS – one in the mob violence case and the other over the alleged cow slaughter. In the first case, 27 people have been named, including the prime suspect, absconding Bajrang Dal office-bearer Yogesh Raj, who has claimed innocence over video and said he was never present at the spot.
A second suspect, local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shikhar Agarwal, also released a video on Thursday blaming Subodh Singh for the violence and claiming he wasn’t present when the shots were fired. Five more people were arrested in the mob violence case, inspector general (crime) SK Bhagat said on Friday. With this, the number of arrests in the case has gone up to nine.
Initial probe revealed both Subodh Singh and Sumit Kumar, who was allegedly a part of the rampaging mob, were shot dead by weapons of the same .32mm bore but whether those were fired from the same weapon would be known only after the report from the forensic lab was received. ple more angry,” he said.
Trinamool Congress leaders refused to comment.
The division bench of Justice Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee began hearing the matter at noon. The bench asked the advocate-general why the administration sat tight on the letters written to it by the BJP so many days ago.
Lashing out at both the state government and the BJP, Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), Lok Sabha MP and politburo member Mohammed Salim said, “One the one hand is the BJP, a party that murdered democracy in Tripura, talking of democracy. On the other, a state government that fails to take strong and timely decisions, paving the way for courts to intervene.”
“We don’t support the divisive agenda behind the rath yatra. At the same time, we cannot support the government dragging its feet and taking all political matters to court,” said Pradip Bhattacharya, working president of the state Congress and Rajya Sabha MP.