Lucknow: Another crucial arrest has been made in connection with the killing of police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh during mob violence in December in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, said reports on Tuesday. Also Read - Claiming to be Goddess, Mother Axes 24-Year-Old Son to Death in Madhya Pradesh's Panna
Kalua, the man who allegedly attacked Singh with an axe, was arrested from a remote village of Bulandshahr in the early hours of the day following a tip-off, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prabhakar Chowdhary said. Also Read - Bulandshahr Violence Accused Out, Slain Cop's Kin Want Their Bails Cancelled
An axe was recovered from his possession. He will be produced before the court on the day itself. Kalua, who is currently being interrogated, is accused of hitting Singh with an axe on the head. Singh was reportedly shot by Prashant Nat who is already in police custody. Also Read - 'BJP Has Nothing to do With it', UP Deputy CM on Hero's Welcome Accorded to Bulandshahr Violence Accused
Additional SP City Atul Kumar Srivastava said, “During interrogation, it was revealed that he (Kalua) was the person who attacked Inspector Singh with an axe. The axe has been recovered from his possession; other accused persons will be arrested shortly.”
Meanwhile, a six-member probe team of the National Confederation Of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) has revealed account of the December 3 violence, said reports. Singh and local youth Sumit were killed in the violence that broke out after cow carcasses were found strewn in the jungle.
“Local members of Hindutva group Bajrang Dal _ Yogesh Raj and Shikhar Agrawal _ stoked the fire. They incited the mob; by 10.30 AM, there were over 300 people on the scene… They gheraoed the police station that had six police personnel in it then. The police sought reinforcement from the police headquarters… Singh reached the spot around 11 AM,” probe team member Manoj Kumar told the media.
The investigation also showed that the mob attacked Singh with sticks and stones before he was shot. Those on his team tried to rescue him but ran for their lives when the mob turned on them too.
An earlier report had claimed that the mob had members from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, and Hindu Yuva Vahini. Of the 27 people named in the FIR, at least four are workers and functionaries of these organisations.