Bulandshahr violence : Man accused of attacking police inspector with axe arrested

Jan 1 (AZINS) A man accused of hitting police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh during a mob violence in December in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr was arrested on Tuesday, police said.

One of the prime accused, Kalua was arrested from a village in Bulandshahr district in the early hours of Tuesday after the police received information about his presence there, IANS reported.

Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar were killed on December 3 in the mob violence that broke out in Bulandshahr's Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a village.

The police said that Kalua had attacked Singh with an axe, chopping off his two fingers and inflicting a head wound. Singh was later shot by Prashant Nat, who is already in police custody after his arrest on December 28. Senior officials had said that Nat, who was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court on Friday, had admitted to shooting the inspector.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prabhakar Chowdhary said Kalua is currently being questioned for his role in the murder of the policeman, the IANS report said.

An FIR against 27 named accused and 50-60 unidentified people was registered at the Siyana police station over the violence. One of the main suspects named in the FIR is local Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, who is still at large.

Meanwhile, the elder son of Inspector Singh reposed his faith in the investigators and said he hoped to get justice. The police force is "like a family", he said.

Shrey said the entire episode appeared to be a conspiracy and questioned how a mob of 400 people could suddenly gather somewhere.

The arrest of Prashant Nat is good progress. But there are still several missing links in this case which need to be connected, Shrey said.

"I am waiting for the final police report," he said.

Describing his father as someone who accorded utmost priority to his work, Shrey recalled that every year on his birthday it was he who visited his father wherever he was posted and not the other way round.