portedly seen firing.
Additional director general (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the man, identified only as Jeetu alias Fauji, was mentioned as one of the 27 accused we have said 28 earlier 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.
The officer said officials of the army man’s unit in Jammu had been contacted, but that he was untraceable.
An army spokesperson confirmed that the UP Police contacted 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, 28 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.
The initial probe revealed both Subodh Singh and Sumit Kumar, who was allegedly a part of the rampaging mob, were shot dead with 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. 65-70%.
“Polling went on peacefully without any law and order problem in these constituencies. We shall take all precautions till the electronic voting machines (EVM) and other equipment reaches the strong rooms safely,” director general of police M Mahender Reddy said.
A poll conducted by Axis My India – India Today and Aaj Tak predicts a range of 102 to 120 seats for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, seeking a fourth straight term in the state, and 104 to 122 for the Congress. But a Times Now-CNX survey predicts a clear majority for the BJP in MP with 126 seats, while it gives the Congress 89 seats, a marked improvement over its tally in the last election but still trailing the BJP.
India TV poll gives BJP 122-130 seats against its 165 in 2013 and Congress 86-92 seats as opposed to its 58 seats in 2013. The Republic Jan Ki Baat survey predicts 108128 seats for the BJP, 95 -111 for the Congress.
Madhya Pradesh has 230 seats and the majority mark for a party to win is 116.
In neighbouring Chhattisgarh, too, the Times Now-CNX exit poll gives the BJP a majority, 46 seats, and the Congress 35. It predicts that the ambitious partnership between former Congress leader Ajit Jogi and Mayawati’s BSP will get seven seats. India TV’s survey too gives BJP the upper end of a range of 42 to 50 seats, the Congress 32 to 38, and Jogi-BSP six to eight seats.
The CVoter - Republic TV poll, however, shows a closer fight, giving BJP 35-43 seats and the Congress 40-50, while it predicted a the Jogi-BSP combine to get three to seven seats. The Axis My India - India Today and Aaj Tak poll, however, shows Congress comfortably ahead at 55-65 seats and BJP trailing at 21-31.
Almost all polls show that Maya-Jogi combine, which was hoping to play the kingmaker, would end with seats in the range of three to eight. Chhattisgarh has 90 assembly seats and a party needs 46 to form government.
In Rajasthan, two exit polls predict a Congress win. The India Today-Axis My India predicts a range of 119 to 141 seats for the Congress, good to unseat the BJP’s Vasundhara Raje; it gives the BJP 55-72 seats.
A party needs 100 seats in the 200-member assembly in Rajasthan. The Times Now-CNX survey too predicts a majority for the Congress at 105 seats, with 85 for the BJP in Rajasthan.
In Telangana, most exit polls predict a win for the TRS. The Times Now-CNX survey says TRS will be comfortably ahead of the Congress-Telugu Desam Party (TDP) combine with 66 seats. The Maha Kootami of the Congress-TDP will get 37 seats.
EVM malfunctions were reported in Rajasthan. The Congress complained to the Election Commission claiming that they received 460 complaints of EVM malfunction and the BJP leaders trying to intimidate voters, the party said in a statement.
Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot said the party will sweep the polls, while chief minister Vasundhara Raje also expressed confidence saying the exit polls have gone wrong several times in the past.
TRS president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed confidence that his party would come back to power in Telangana, but the state Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy to expressed confidence that said Maha Kootami was going to form the next government in Telangana.
The results of all five states will be declared on December 11.