Bulandshahr Violence: Army Jawan sent to 14-day judicial custody (Photo tweeted by ANI - @ANI)
Army jawan Jeetendra Malik aka Jeetu Fauji, who is accused of killing Shyana police station SHO Subodh Kumar Singh in Bulandshahr earlier this week, has been sent to 14-day judicial custody by a local court on Sunday, according to reports. On Saturday night, Jeetu was handed over to Uttar Pradesh police by the Army and produced before the court for judicial custody this morning.
"Bulandshahr Violence: Accused Jitu Fauji has been sent to 14-day judicial custody by a local court," the news agency ANI reported.
Crying foul, Fauji said, "I am not an absconder. I haven't done anything wrong. I am being framed". His family also alleged that there is no eye witness who saw Jeetu instigating the violence in Bulandshahr earlier this week and Jeetu was detained only beacuse he was present during the incident. They will also move a bail appliaction in the lower court on Monday, opposing Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), mentioned by police during the court proceedings.
On December 3, a mob of some 400 people rampaged through a village in Bulandshahr district apparently after cow carcasses were found in a jungle nearby. During the violence, police inspector Singh and a 20-year-old man died of gunshot wounds.
Singh went for a search operation following specific inputs about stone pelting in the region and fell unconscious after a stone hit his head. While being rushed to the hospital an angry mob again attacked his vehicle. While other policemen in the jeep fled the spot, Singh was allegedly shot dead by Fauji.
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the violence but the main conspirator, Yogesh Raj, the district convener of Bajrang Dal, is on the run.