Jeetendra Malik alias Jeetu Fauji, key accused of Shyana police station SHO Subodh Kumar Singh's murder during Bulandshahr violence, has been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police. Jeetu was handed over to the police by the Army late on Saturday night, news agency ANI reported. SSP STF Abhishek Singh said that Jeetu is being sent to Bulandshahr and will be produced before the court for judicial custody.
“He accepted that he was there when the crowd started gathering. Prima facie, it has been found true. It is not yet ascertained if he is the one who shot Inspector or Sumit. He said he went there with the villagers, but denied pelting stones on police. Forensic of his mobile will be done,” he said.
SSP STF Abhishek Singh in Meerut, on #Bulandshahr case: We've arrested Army jawan Jitendra Malik(pic 2), he was handed over by Army at 12:50 am today.Preliminary interrogation has been done.He is being sent to Bulandshahr(pic 3), will be produced before court for judicial custody pic.twitter.com/i4NohtsdaL— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 9, 2018
SSP STF: He accepted he was there when crowd started gathering. Prima facie, it has been found true. It's not yet ascertained if he is the one who shot Inspector or Sumit. He said he went there with villagers,but denied pelting stones on police.Forensic of his mobile will be done pic.twitter.com/0gGJRpxTZX— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 9, 2018
Subodh Kumar Singh, the SHO of Shyana police station in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, was fatally shot at a point-blank range above his left eye allegedly by Jeetu Fauji during a violent protest against the alleged cow slaughter in the area.
Singh had received inputs of stone pelting in the area. When he reached there, a stone hit him on the head and he fell unconscious. When he was being taken to the hospital on a police jeep, the mob again attacked the vehicle. While the policemen who accompanied Singh fled the scene, he was shot dead allegedly by Fauji.
The family of the deceased cop alleged a pre-planned conspiracy and claimed that Singh was killed because he was investigating the Akhlaq case. Rajini Rathore, the wife of the police officer, even threatened to commit suicide by shooting herself if the perpetrators behind his husband’s murder go unpunished.
On Saturday, Bulandshahr SSP Krishna Bahadur Singh was removed from his post and transferred to the DGP Headquarters in Lucknow. He was replaced by Sitapur SP Prabhakar Chaudhary, who took over as the new district police chief.
Earlier, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had said that the Army will fully cooperate with the police if Jeetu was found guilty. "If there are any evidence and police feel that they suspect him, then we will produce him before them. We will fully cooperate with police," he said.