Bulandshahr violence: Cab driver arrested for killing inspector, confesses crime
More than three weeks after violence in Bulandshahr claimed the life of a police inspector and a civilian, police have arrested a Delhi cab driver. The man was identified as Prashant Natt and police said he was arrested after videos of the incident and testimonies of witnesses pointed towards him. Earlier, police had named Bajrang Dal member Yogesh Raj as prime accused.
On December 3, tension over alleged cow slaughter turned violent prompting inspector Subodh Singh to fire at the crowd in self-defense, IE reports. The bullet killed the youth Sumit Kumar and soon protesters, namely Rahul, David, and Johnny, cornered Singh. They hit the inspector with stones and he had little energy left to defend himself. Later, Natt took his service revolver and shot him in the head.
Natt, who was picked up near Noida, has confessed to the crime, police said. Singh's service revolver used for killing him was also recovered. Police said while Natt pulled the trigger, others blocked Singh's path to restrict his movement. The police said they have a photograph of five accused talking to each other during the incident. Natt had been unemployed for last six months.
Police are also investigating Natt's criminal background. He was allegedly involved in liquor smuggling cases. They were able to nab Natt after two eyewitnesses testified. Police also went through crucial call records. He is likely to be sent to judicial custody. Police said they kept this angle of the investigation a secret as Natt could have managed to escape if he got a whiff.
Reportedly, police also took Natt to the spot where the incident happened and recreated the scene. While Natt has been arrested, Yogesh Raj has not been nabbed yet. Bulandshahr SSP Prabhakar Chaudhary said Raj is still an accused. "He has been declared a proclaimed offender by the court. If he does not surrender soon requisite action will be taken against him," said Chaudhary.