Almost a week after a police officer and a civilian were shot dead in mob violence in Bulandshahr over illegal cow slaughter, the state government on Saturday shifted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bulandshahr, Krishna Bahadur Singh reportedly for negligence in the violence that erupted after the recovery of cow carcasses in Mahwa village on December 3.
Singh has been moved to Lucknow and he has been replaced by the Superintendent of Police of Sitapur, Prabhakar Chaudhary. Another IPS officer LR Kumar, who was in waiting, has been posted as new SP Sitapur.
Earlier, Syana Circle Officer Satya Prakash Sharma and Chingrwathi police outpost incharge Suresh Kumar had also been transferred on Friday night for dereliction of duty. Sharma was sent to police training centre in Moradabad while Kumar was transferred to Hamirpur.
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. The report highlights that the tension escalated due to the late response from local administration and police officials and that senior officials didn’t reach the spot on time. It’s because of their negligent behaviour the situation went out of control, according to a report in NDTV.
Late on Friday, the UP Police contacted the Northern Command to identify its Army man, Jitendra Malik, alias Jeetu Fauji, who has been named as an accused in Bulandshahr violence in which Subodh Kumar Singh and local youth Sumit Kumar were killed on December 3, Indian Army sources told IANS on Friday.
On Saturday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, speaking to ANI, said that the army will cooperate fully with the police. “If there is some evidence and police feels that they suspect him, then we will produce him before them. We will fully cooperate with police,” Rawat said.
Meanwhile, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday termed the Bulandshahr incident as an “accident”.
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 koi mob lynching ki ghatna nahi hui hai… Bulandshahr mein jo hua wo ek durghatna thi (No mob lynching happened in Uttar Pradesh, what happened in Bulandshahr is an accident),” he said.
The police have arrested nine accused but the main conspirator Yogesh Raj, the district convener of Bajrang Dal, continues to be at large.