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Hunt on for Army jawan for cop’s killing in UP violence – Times of India

BULANDSHAHR: In a fresh twist to the killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh during protests over cow carcasses found in a Bulandshahr village earlier this week, the UP police said it had issued an arrest warrant on Friday against an Indian Army jawan for his alleged role in the violence that led to the officer’s death.

The jawan, Jeetendra Singh, alias Jeetu Fauji, is posted in Jammu and Kashmir, though he has been absonding since Singh’s killing. “We have issued a warrant against Jeetu and teams have been sent to bring him here,” UP director general of police O P Singh told TOI. Later, at a press briefing in Lucknow, UP IG (crime) S K Bhagat said Jeetu was an accused in the original FIR filed on rioting, arson and murder in Bulandshahr’s Syana town. “Jeetu Fauji, son of Rajpal Singh”, figures in the FIR as accused number 11. The FIR says he was part of the mob that allegedly instigated violence while protesting against the discovery of cow carcasses in Chingrawati village.

Jeetu’s family has confirmed that he was in Bulandshahr on the day violence broke out. Both police and Jeetu’s family said the jawan had returned to J&K on Monday evening, hours after the violence. Sources in the UP police said Jeetu was spotted in various videos of the violence that also claimed the life of an alleged protester, Sumit. The SIT, set up to probe the incident, is examining 14 video clips of the violence and recording statements of the accused and witnesses.

Cops arrest 5 more accused in UP case

A team of UP police on Friday arrived in Jammu & Kashmir, searching for a soldier accused in the killing of a police inspector in Bulanshahr, even as the Army said UP Police had contacted them and have been assured full cooperation.

Sources said the UP police team met top military officers at Udhampur-based Northern Command, which oversees operations in J&K.

“We (Army) assured them (UP Police) that we will help in the investigation, which is still going on. However, details will be released by the police at an appropriate time after positive identification of the accused,” the sources said.

When TOI visited Jeetu Fauji’s native village Mahav in Syana tehsil on Friday, his uncle Brahm Singh confirmed that he was present when the violence took place on Monday. Brahm Singh’s son Guddu, Jeetu’s cousin, is also an accused in the case. However, Jeetu’s mother said she did not believe her son had killed inspector Singh.

“Jeetu, Guddu and other youngsters who were at the protest site later fled the spot. Fearing police action, none of them have returned. Police resorted to vandalism and torturing women and elderly to extract information on their whereabouts,” Brahm Singh said. Jeetu’s elder brother Dharmendra Malik is an army man and posted in Pune. After allegations against Jeetu have surfaced, Dharmendra is likely to arrive on Saturday, the family says.

On Friday, five more accused arrested by the SIT were identified as Rohit, Sonu, Chandrapal, Kuldeep and Jitender alias Lala.

Hunt on for Army jawan for cop’s killing in UP violence – Times of India

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