Yogi Adityanath Calls Bulandshahr Inspector’s Murder ‘Accident’, Police Chief, Two Others Transferred

LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh—The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday transferred Bulandshahr SSP Krishna Bahadur Singh to the DGP office here, five days after two people, including an inspector, were killed in violence following an alleged cow slaughter incident.

Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said that the Senior Superintendent of Police will be replaced by Sitapur SP Prabhakar Chaudhary.

The government also transferred two other policemen of Bulandshahr—Circle Officer Syana Satya Prakash Sharma and Chingravati police chowki in-charge Suresh Kumar.

Additional Director General (ADG) Intelligence SB Shiradkar had Friday submitted a report on the violence. The transfers are understood to be in line with the findings of the report on police handling of the situation.

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News reports said that chief minister Yogi Adityanath has now called the inspector’s killing an “accident”. Adityanath had earlier been criticised for ordering a thorough probe into the alleged cow slaughter but remaining silent on the murder.

On December 3, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a local youth, Sumit, were killed in violence over an alleged cow slaughter incident in the city.

The inspector and his team had gone to the village to tackle the violence when they came under attack.

Singh was the investigating officer of the Dadri lynching case from September 28, 2015 to November 9, 2015. However, the chargesheet had been filed by a different IO in March 2016.

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Police have arrested nine accused in the Bulandshahr case but the main conspirator, Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, is on the run.

In a video that surfaced online on Wednesday, Raj had claimed innocence.

Another suspect is Jeetu Fauji, and a police team has been sent to Jammu to nab him, a senior officer said.

NDTV reported, citing sources, that the army man has been detained.

Another inquiry by a government-constituted SIT is underway, and the team is going into every minute detail and video footage of the incident, the officer cited above said.

Also, a magisterial probe had been ordered by the government into the incidents.

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