Jawan held for U.P. vi­o­lence

Army ar­rests ac­cused in So­pore; Bu­land­shahr SSP, two oth­ers trans­ferred out

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

Army sol­dier Ji­ten­dra Malik, ac­cused of killing in­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh dur­ing a mob at­tack in Bu­land­shahr ear­lier this week, was ar­rested in Kash­mir by the Army’s 22 Rashtriya Ri­fles (RR) on Satur­day while the Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment trans­ferred Bu­land­shahr SSP Kr­ishna Ba­hadur Singh and two other po­lice­men.

A po­lice of­fi­cial con­firmed to The Hindu Malik’s ar­rest in So­pore, where he was posted, and said he had been shifted to Srinagar. “The ac­cused sol­dier will be handed over to the Ut­tar Pradesh po­lice’s spe­cial task force,” he said.

The sol­dier, also known as Jeetu Fauji, was in Bu­land­shahr on 15-day leave when the vi­o­lence over the al­leged cow slaugh­ter took place. The po­lice spot­ted him in a video of the vi­o­lence.

Ear­lier in the day, Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat of­fered full co­op­er­a­tion to the po­lice in con­nec­tion with the sol­dier’s in­volve­ment in the vi­o­lence.

Po­lice re­vamp

Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (Home) Arvind Ku­mar said the Bu­land­shahr SSP would be re­placed by Si­ta­pur SP Prab­hakar Chaud­hary. Syana Cir­cle Of­fi­cer Satya Prakash Sharma and Chin­gra­vati chowki in-charge Suresh Ku­mar have also been trans­ferred.

The trans­fers fol­low Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (ADG) In­tel­li­gence S.B. Shi­rad­kar’s re­port to the gov­ern­ment on the po­lice’s han­dling of the sit­u­a­tion. Po­lice have so far ar­rested nine ac­cused in the case but the main con­spir­a­tor, Yo­gesh Raj, the dis­trict con­vener of the Ba­jrang Dal, is still ab­scond­ing.

Probe de­railed: Cong.

The Congress on Satur­day crit­i­cised U.P. Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath for terming the killing of in­spec­tor Singh an “ac­ci­dent” and said it was to an at­tempt to “de­rail” the probe into the case.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, Congress spokesper­son Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi al­leged that the State gov­ern­ment was try­ing to in­flu­ence the probe. “The whole ob­jec­tive of this is to de­rail an in­de­pen­dent, im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case. With a wink and a nod, a mes­sage (is) be­ing sent — ‘we want you to know that this is the di­rec­tion and the mo­men­tum of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’ — and that is what is hap­pen­ing,” he said.

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A relative of Yo­gesh Raj, an ac­cused in the vi­o­lence, breaks down in Bu­land­shahr dis­trict on Satur­day.

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