New Delhi: A court in Uttar Pradesh dropped sedition charges against all 38 accused in the Bulandshahr violence case, including the five chargesheeted in the murder case of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh.

According to a report in The Hindustan Times, the court directed the investigating team to seek the state government’s approval for the sedition charges levelled against the accused under Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code.

The same report also quoted Circle officer, Syana, Raghvendra Mishra, who said that the letter seeking approval for sedition charges has been sent to the state government. “We will submit the state government`s decision to the court immediately after receiving it,” Mishra added.

The Uttar Pradesh city of Bulandshahr witnessed mob violence in December last year, when some cattle carcasses found in a field were paraded on tractors by a right-wing organisation activists, who claimed they were of cows slaughtered by a specific community. Blocking roads, they brought those in tractor trolleys, following which clashes broke out between two communities.

SUBODH KUMAR MURDER

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the killing of Uttar Pradesh police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, charge-sheeted 38 people on March 3.

Police inspector Subodh Kumar was found lying dead in his official vehicle with a bullet injury- in midst of violent clashes in Uttar Pradesh city of Bulandshahr. He was reportedly chased by a mob, pelted stones at before being shot in the head.

“Five people have been charged with murder of Siyana SHO Subodh Kumar Singh. The other 33 have been charged with rioting, arson and offences of similar nature,” Bulandshahr SP Atul Kumar Srivastava has said then.