Uttar Pradesh government has transferred Bulandshahr district police chief, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Krishna Bahadur Singh and two others police officers for failing to act promptly to curb violence in the area six days ago, said media reports today (Saturday, Dec 8).
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a youth reportedly involved in the rampage, Sumit Kumar, were shot and killed in the violence.
An army soldier suspected of killing the inspector in UP mob frenzy was detained in Jammu and Kashmir last night. Jitendra Malik, also known as Jeetu Fauji, was detained last night by a team of the Uttar Pradesh police from Jammu and Kashmir”s Sopore town, said media reports.
In UP, SSP Singh has been moved to Lucknow. Superintendent of Police of Sitapur, Prabhakar Chaudhary, has replaced him.
The government transferred two other police officers; Syana Circle Officer DSP Satya Prakash Sharma was sent to Police Training College in Moradabad and Chingravathi police station in-charge Suresh Kumar was transferred to Lalitpur.
The development comes a day after ADG (Intelligence) SB Shiradkar, who was asked to probe the violence over allegations of cows being killed, submitted his report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
A senior home department official said they have been taken to task for not being fast enough in reacting to the situation that arose after animal carcasses were found in a forest near a village, reported IANS.
The action was taken after a high-level meeting was presided over by the Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh, who had handed over the report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his arrival from New Delhi.
Violence an ‘accident’, Inspector’s killing not ‘mob lynching’: Adityanath
Adityanath, who, in his first briefing to the police after the violence, had told the police to focus primarily on the issue of cow slaughter with little mention of the murder of the police inspector, said on Friday that the Bulandshahr incident was an “accident” and that the death of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was not a case of “mob lynching”. He added that the law was taking its course and the culprits would not be spared.
He had earlier said the incident was result of a “big conspiracy” but at a media event in Delhi on Friday, he said that the incident was actually an accident.
“Uttar Pradesh mein mob lynching ki koi ghatna nahi hai, ek. Bulandshahr ki ghatna ek durghatna hai, aur isme kanoon apna karya kar raha hai. Koi bhi doshi baksha nahi jayega. Illegal slaughtering, keval cow hatya hi nahi, illegal slaughtering poore UP mein ban hai and DM, SP uske prati poore jawabdeyi honge,” Adityanath said, while speaking at the Jagran Forum in Delhi.
(There is no mob lynching in UP. The Bulandshahr incident was an accident, and the law is taking its course. No culprit will be spared. Illegal slaughtering, and not just cow slaughter, is banned in the entire state and the DM and SP will be answerable).”
This comes after ADG (Intelligence) SB Shiradkar’s findings which, as reported by News18 yesterday, said carcasses of cows found in Syana village were two days old and probably brought from outside and planted there. Moreover, the report said, the mob’s intention seemed to be to provoke a clash with the Muslims’ procession on the occasion of their festival of Ijetma.
Soldier detained, eight arrests in Inspector’s murder case
In connection with Inspector Subodh Kumar’s killing, the police have arrested eight accused but the main conspirator Yogeshraj Singh, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, remains missing.
The army soldier Jitendra Malik, also known as Jeetu Fauji, who has emerged as the key suspect in the killing of a police inspector in mob frenzy over alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on Monday, was detained from 22 Rashtriya Rifles Army camp in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, by a team of the Uttar Pradesh police, said media reports.
Jeetu Fauji, who is posted in Srinagar, was in his hometown Bulandshahr on 15-day leave when the mob violence took place, and can be seen in various videos shot that day.
Quoting sources, NDTV said he fled to Sopore the same evening inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a civilian were killed.