Five more individuals were on Friday arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police, with an army personnel's name also appearing among the accused in the FIR in connection with the Bulandshahr violence that claimed the life of a police officer.
Today's arrests take the total tally up to nine. The five arrested have been identified as Nitin, Rohit, Chandra, Jitendra and Sonu, Inspector General (Crime) Lucknow - S. K. Bhagat confirmed, adding that the arrests were made on the basis of video footages and eyewitnesses.
Speaking about the army personnel, identified as Jeetu Fauji, Bhagat confirmed he is a part of the 27 identified accused named in the FIR filed on December 4 and is currently deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.
A team has been sent to arrest him, he added. "We are expecting to have him in custody soon," the IG (Crime) Lucknow said.
He refused to reveal information about Jeetu's battalion.
"He is a named accused, he will be caught, interrogated, his role will be established and accordingly, he will be booked," Bhagat said.
A further 50 to 60 unidentified people were also included in the FIR.
"Our teams are working continuously to arrest the rest of the named and unnamed accused. All of them have been absconding since the incident, we are trying to ensure that no innocent ends up in jail and none of the accused is spared," Bhagat said while addressing a press conference.
Clashes erupted in Bulandshahr on Monday after cattle carcass was found in the region, which led to agitation by locals demanding the closure of all illegal animal slaughterhouses.
In the protests that ensued, one policeman, Subodh Singh, and Sumit, a civilian, were killed. However, it was later revealed that Sumit was named in the FIR that was lodged post the incident.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had declared a financial aid of Rs 10 lakh earlier this week to the family of Sumit, while the district administration announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
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