UP cop killing: Army man posted in Kashmir emerges as prime suspect

New Delhi: In a recent development, an army has emerged as a key suspect in the killing of UP cop in mob frenzy over alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on Monday.

The cops are investigating whether Jeetu Fauji an army man posted in Srinagar, could have fired the shot that killed Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, reported NDTV quoting police sources.

The jawan is reportedly untraceable since the incident and the special task force and the Bulandshahr police team are searching for him. His family members have told the police that her had come to his village on leave but had returned to his posting in Jammu. His mother Ratan Kaur said she could not identify her son from videos of the mob attack.

Other family members of Jeetu Fauji, however, confirm that he was present when the mob killing took place and left for Kargil after the incident. “He came from the spot and said, ‘see the drama’ and left for Kargil the same evening,” Chandravati, Jeetu’s aunt was quoted as saying by HT.

Four people have been arrested for the mob violence which erupted after cow carcasses were found scattered in a forest near a village.

Earlier, the initial findings by senior police officials in the Bulandshahr violence have confirmed that Subodh Kumar Singh, who was posted as Syana police station, and Sumit Kumar were shot dead with same bore (.32) pistol or pistols.

The slain inspector’s private licensed pistol, which he was carrying at the time of the violence, was of the same bore and was missing since then. The pistol was allegedly looted by the unruly mob after killing him during the violence.

Mobs of alleged cow vigilantes went on a three-hour rampage, clashing with security forces and setting vehicles and a police post on fire in Bulandshahr, 130 km from Delhi.

In the melee, Singh, who was part of the initial investigation into the 2015 murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri over allegations of cow slaughter, and Sumit died.

As per reports, Singh was first injured in the stone pelting by the mob and shot later. Sumit was part of the mob. The police had reportedly also fired in the air to disperse the mob.

Recently, National Conference Vice President, Omar Abdullah, reacting to the Bulandshahr incident, stated that the killers would be eulogized by the ruling party as ‘heroes’, while in Kashmir, such people would have been called ‘terrorists’.

The mob in Bulandshahr violence was allegedly led by Yogesh Raj, an activist of the rightwing group Bajrang Dal, who had complained to the police about cow slaughter after carcasses were found scattered in a forest, as per media reports.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and his team had gone to the village to tackle the violence when they came under attack. On video, a wild mob is seen chasing the policemen and shouting: “Maaro, take his gun!” Inspector Singh was assaulted with a sharp weapon and then shot in the head.