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Army hands over soldier accused in Bulandshahr violence to UP Police

Jatendra Malik alias Jeetu was handed over on Saturday by his unit based in Kashmir to the team that is investigating the killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh.

lucknow Updated: Dec 09, 2018 09:30 IST
Mir Ehsan
Mir Ehsan
Hindusan Times, Srinagar
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Jeetendra Malik alias Jeetu was handed over by his unit based in Kashmir to the team investigating the killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh during the violence that broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday over alleged illegal cow slaughter. (PTI)

An army soldier who is accused of killing a police inspector in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr was handed over by his unit of the Rashtriya Rifles to the UP Police on Saturday for further investigation.

Jeetendra Malik alias Jeetu Fauji was handed over by his unit based in Kashmir to the team investigating the killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in the violence that broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday over alleged illegal cow slaughter.

Earlier, a police team from UP that is investigating the case had contacted the army and sought custody of the soldier who had left his home soon after the killing of the police inspector.

Sources said that after getting nod from top officials of the army, it was decided to hand over Malik to the police. The defence spokesman in Srinagar refused to comment.

On Friday, army spokesman had said that police had contacted the Army’s northern command and fullest cooperation is 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. Army officials in Kashmir are tight-lipped and didn’t disclose any details.

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 police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a local youth Sumit Kumar.

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.

Read: Will kill son if proved he shot cop, says soldier’s mother

Issued notices to Ijtema organisers: Officials

In another development, the Bulandshahr district administration has said that it issued multiple notices and warning to the organisers of the three-day Islamic congregation, Tabligi Ijtema, held in Bulandshahr, around 40 kilometres from the spot where violence broke out after recovery of cow carcasses in Mahwa village leading to killing of an inspector on December 3. The notices were issued on December 1 and 2 followed by a reminder on December 6.

Tabligi Ijtema was held from November 30 to December 2. The district administration claimed that around 15 lakh Muslims had assembled in Bulandshahr for the congregation despite the organisers having obtained permission for only a gathering of two lakh people.

RK Gautam, a spokesman for the director general of police headquarters, said the Bulandshahr district administration had confirmed issuing notices to the organisers and warned about a huge gathering.

First Published: Dec 08, 2018 18:22 IST