‘In­spec­tor’s mur­der was ac­ci­den­tal’

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - METRO -

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.

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