In a major development in the Bulandshahr violence, the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday, January 26, recovered the mobile phone of the slain police officer Subhodh Kuamr Singh, from the house of accused Prashant Nutt.
Prashant Nutt allegedly shot the police officer dead on December 3. Subhodh Kumar was killed during the mob violence which broke out in Bulandshahr’s Siyana over the alleged cow slaughter in the village area.
Nutt was arrested from the Bulandshahr-Noida border on December 28. He and two other men who had snatched the officer’s revolver were identified from a cellphone video.
Six other mobile phones were found during the searches, the police said. The police are checking the phones for any leads into the Bulandshahr violence.
The UP Police officials are conducting a search at various locations to trace the deceased police officer’s service revolver.
“Information was received through sources about the location of the mobile phone of the deceased policeman Subodh Kumar. We’ve recovered the phone after search operation at the location. A probe is underway. Search for the pistol is still underway,” Atul Srivastav, SP City, said.
Along with police officer Subodh Kumar, one civilian named Sumit, was also killed during the clashes.
A video of the slain cop lying on the ground near his police jeep with bullet injuries on his face had gone viral on social media, shortly after the clashes had erupted between the protesters and police.
Earlier, it was suspected that another person, Bajrang Dal activist, Yogesh Raj had killed Inspector Subodh but later it was found that Raj was responsible for instigating the mob and arguing with the Inspector and the other police officers at the police station, but not involved in the cop’s murder.
According to police officials, Nutt had confessed Nat had confessed to his crime and had informed the cops that he had snatched Inspector Subodh’s pistol and had shot him dead.