Fauji wanted for his role in Bulandshahr violence held
Meerut: Jitendra Malik, an Army man from 22 Rashtriya Rifles and posted in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested by UP STF in Jammu on Saturday. Malik alias Jeetu Fauji is one of the 27 accused in the violence over alleged cow slaughter in which a police inspector and a youth were killed. He would be handed over to the SIT probing the violence
According to highly placed police sources, Army detained Malik in Jammu early in the day. An STF team of UP Police, which had gone to Jammu to track him, was bringing Jeetu to Meerut where he would be handed over to the SIT. An army officer was also accompanying the team from Jammu to Meerut, sources said.
“The team was caught up in the procedural delays. Jitendra is being brought to Meerut where he will be handed over to the SIT,” a senior STF officer privy to the in- vestigation told TOI.
An arrest warrant had been issued against him after investigators came to know that Malik had escaped from the spot of violence and joined his unit. Jeetu had come to his village Mahav on a 15day leave which was to end on Tuesday. However, he was found involved in violence over cow slaughter a day before and left for his unit in Sopore.
Meanwhile, his brother Dharmendra Malik, who is also an army man, claimed the Jeetu was innocent and was being framed by police. Dharmendra returned to his native village after reading media reports about his brother being involved in violence and the killing of Inspector Singh. “If cops have evidence to prove that my brother is a killer, I also have proof that he was not at the spot. He is being wrongly framed,” Dharmendra said.