Police in Uttar Pradesh have begun probing the role of an Indian army soldier, who may have shot dead the Bulandshahr cop Subodh Kumar Singh during Monday’s violence last week. The cops have detained one Jitendra Malik, also known as Jeetu Fauji, to ascertain if he shot Singh dead on Monday.
Jitendra Malik, according to reports, had fled to Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir after Singh was killed in the mob violence on Monday. Malik, according to NDTV, was in Bulandshahr on leave for 15 days when the mob took to streets alleging cow slaughter in the area.
The angry mob had later burnt dozens of vehicles and the local police station. Singh along with a protester were killed in the violence.
A team of Uttar Pradesh on Friday caught Jitendra Malik and took him in their custody from Sopore in Jammau and Kashmir.
The gruesome murder of Singh had stunned members of civil society in India particularly after a video emerged indicating the role of Hindutva supporters in slaughtering the cow and bringing carcasses to the site of the protest to inflame passion. The Uttar Pradesh Police, had later asked the journalist, who posted the video on Twitter, to share the unedited version of the video with them.
The Shiv Sena had later launched a blistering attack on the BJP by questioning its role in the Bulandshahr violence that left one police officer killed and another protestor dead. An editorial published in its mouthpiece Saamana, the BJP’s ally had said, “Was the Bulandshahr incident orchestrated like the Muzaffarnagar incident before the 2014 polls? The BJP knows that the 2019 elections will not be easy for it. Therefore, has it used its weapon of religious polarisation?”