New Delhi: Amid reports that an Army jawan was allegedly involved in the case related to the killing of a police inspector in Bulandshahr mob violence, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday urged media not to “prejudge” things without proof. Also Read - 'Confident That we Will Win Next War Through Indigenised Weapons': Army Chief Rawat
“Do not prejudge events without evidence. Please come out with facts. If you have facts available, then judge,” Rawat said when asked for his comments after a soldier, Jitendra Malik was accused of shooting the senior cop dead during mob violence on December 3. Also Read - I Don't Think We Will Need to Protect MS Dhoni, He Will Protect Indian Citizens, Says Army Chief General Bipin Rawat
While speaking on the sidelines of the Delhi Horse Show, the Army chief further said, “Lot of times you people (media) have given evidence and based on that evidence investigations have been done. But do you have any evidence against that ‘jawan’ (Jitendra) so far?” Also Read - Aero India 2019: Ace Shuttler PV Sindhu Flies in Tejas in Bengaluru Air Show
Furthermore, Rawat said that full cooperation will be extended in the investigation of the incident. “We will fully cooperate with the police (in the investigation),” he told reporters present at the event.
Meanwhile, Jitendra Malik alias Jeetu Fauji was detained by his unit in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, Army sources said. He was detained by the 22 Rashtriya Rifles in Sopore town. A special investigation team (SIT) of the Uttar Pradesh Police was expected to reach Sopore to take him into custody.
“We’ve arrested Army jawan Jitendra Malik, he was handed over by Army at 12:50 am today (Saturday). Preliminary interrogation has been done. He is being sent to Bulandshahr and will be produced before court for judicial custody,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Abhishek Singh of Special Task Force in Meerut.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Syana, and a civilian, Sumit Kumar, were shot dead in Bulandshahr in mob violence on December 3. The violence has been blamed on rightwing Hindu groups which were protesting against cow slaughter.
The violence broke out earlier this week in the Uttar Pradesh town after cow carcasses were found, claiming the lives of Inspector Subodh Kumar and 20-year-old local Sumit Kumar.
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
(With agency inputs)