Two police officials have been transferred in connection to the mob violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr town earlier this week where an inspector and a civilian were killed, authorities said on Saturday.
Acting on a report submitted by the Additional Director General of Police S.B. Shiradkar, Circle Officer (CO) Satya Prakash Sharma and Suresh Kumar, the in-charge of Chingravathi police chowki, have been transferred “for their failure in responding in time to the situation arising on Monday in that area”.
A senior home department official said they have been taken to task for not being fast enough in reacting to the situation that arose after some Hindu right-wing activists found some animal carcasses in the field and took them on tractor trolleys to block a road.
Police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and the civilian from Chingravathi village, Sumit Singh, were killed in the mob violence thereafter.
The police have arrested nine accused so far but the main conspirator Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, continues to be at large.
Meanwhile, a UP police team has been sent to Jammu to arrest an Army jawan who was allegedly involved in the murder of Subodh Kumar.
Sedition is one of the 17 charges in the FIR in which 27 people have been named besides 50-60 unidentified people. They were allegedly involved in the violence that led to the killing of Inspector Subodh Singh and Sumit Kumar, 20. The violence was triggered after cattle carcasses were found in nearby fields.
Jeetu alias Fauji of Mahav village is a named accused in the case, Inspector General (Crime) S.K. Bhagat told reporters in Lucknow when asked about his alleged involvement in the mob violence.
Jeetu’s actual name is Jeetendra Malik and he is the 11th suspect named in the first information report (FIR) lodged at Siyana police station on December 4.
According to preliminary information, he is posted in Jammu and a police team has been sent there, Bhagat said.
“We hope that he will be arrested soon,” the IG said, adding the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the case would be able to ascertain his actual role.
Army sources in New Delhi confirmed that the police have contacted the Northern Command and they are cooperating in the probe.
The five people arrested were identified as Chandra, Rohit, Sonu, Nitin and Jitendra but their names were not mentioned in the FIR lodged for the murder of the Syana SHO, Bhagat said.
They were nabbed on the basis of video footage and eyewitness accounts, he said. Police teams were conducting raids to make more arrests, the IG said.
(With inputs from agencies)