In a recent development in Bulandshahr mob violence, nearly two months after the incident, Uttar Pradesh police have reportedly recovered the official cellphone of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh along with five more phones on Sunday from the key accused Prashant Natt’s residence, who was arrested recently in the connection of allegedly killing Singh.
However, Natt’s wife has accused the police of planting false evidence against her husband, and has claimed that Subodh’s phone was not recovered from their house.
While speaking with reporters, after the cellphone was recovered, Natt’s wife said, “Police is making up false allegations against us. If it was inspector Subodh's phone, then why would we have kept it with us? We would have destroyed the device. The police brought the phone. They have taken four more phones from our home. My husband is innocent.”
On December 3, 2018, mob violence had broken out in Siyana tehsil of Bulandshahr after cattle carcasses were found strewn in the fields outside Mahaw village.
Singh and a civilian, Sumit Kumar, were shot dead during the violence. An FIR has been registered at the Siyana police station, in which around 80 people have been accused.
On December 18, Natt, a resident of Chingrawathi village of Siyana, was held from Sikandrabad, near the highway that leads to Noida, at around 2:30 pm. He was reportedly working part time as a taxi driver in Delhi and nearby areas.
“We had got information from sources that inspector Subodh Kumar Singh’s mobile phone could be kept hidden at Natt’s house, and we procured a search warrant from the court to check his place,” Additional Superintendent of Police (SP), city, Atul Kumar Shrivastava was quoted as saying by PTI.
Mobile phone of the deceased inspector has been sent to a forensic lab for further details, including call records. However, the key accused Army man Jitendra Malik and the pistol that was used to open fire on the police inspector are still missing.
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