New Delhi: The key suspect in killing a policeman during Bulandshahr violence, Army jawan Jitendra Malik, was handed over to Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday night by the Army.
In the preliminary interrogation, he admitted that he was at the spot when the crowd started gathering but has denied shooting inspector.
“He has accepted that he was there when the crowd started gathering. Prima facie, it has been found true. It’s not yet ascertained if he is the one who shot the inspector or the boy. He said he went there with villagers, but denied pelting stones on police,” SSP Abhishek Singh told ANI.
Jitendra Malik, alias Jeetu Fauji, was detained by 22 Rashtriya Rifles Army in Sopore of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday and was handed over to UP Police in Meerut. He will be will be produced before the court for judicial custody Bulandshahr.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 22-year-old undergraduate student Sumit Kumar were killed in the violence that broke out in Bulandshahr apparently after cow carcasses were found strewn in a nearby jungle.
After scanning video recordings, the state police began searching for the soldier, who is reportedly seen firing during the Bulandshahr violence that led to the death of the police inspector and the youth.
A senior police officer privy to the investigations confirmed that one of the videos shows the army man, a resident of the Bulandshahr, firing, but his involvement in the killings is yet to be ascertained.
The UP police team investigating the case had contacted the army and sought custody of the soldier who had left his home soon after the violence.
Sources said that after getting nod from top officials of the army, it was decided to hand over Malik to the police. On Friday, an army spokesman had said that police had contacted the Army’s northern command and fullest cooperation was being extended to them.
However, it is not clear whether Malik was handed over to the police team in Kashmir or at some other place.
Meanwhile, Malik’s mother has said that she would kill him herself if it was proved that he had shot dead police inspector Subodh Kumar during the violence in Bulandshahr, as was claimed through some videos of the incident.