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NBWs issued against Bulandshahr accused

A policeman near a burnt vehicle near the Chingravati police post in Bulandshahr. File

A policeman near a burnt vehicle near the Chingravati police post in Bulandshahr. File

Non-bailable warrants have been issued against the accused in the Bulandshahr mob violence case, in which two persons, including a police officer, were killed, an official said on Wednesday.

This came about after an application was submitted by the investigators before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Bulandshahr, arguing that the absconding accused were trying to influence the probe.

“The accused are trying to spoil communal harmony by making videos of the incident viral and attempting to influence evidence,” said the application.

A police officer confirmed that the NBWs have been issued against the accused, who included Bajrang Dal, Bulandshahr convenor, Yogesh Raj; BJP Yuva Morcha, Bulandshahr city president, Shikhar Agarwal; and former pradhan of Mahav village, Raj Kumar. The NBW application has 21 names of accused persons in the FIR, while six others have been added to the list.

Meanwhile, two more accused persons, Nitin and Mohit, were arrested in the case, taking the total to 12. Some of those arrested were not named in the initial FIR.

The arrested persons so far include Jeetu Fauji or Jitendra Malik, the Army jawan, who emerged as a key suspect in the murder of officer Subodh Singh. Jeetu Fauji is currently in judicial custody. He had pleaded innocence in the violence but allegedly admitted to bring present in Bulandshahr at the time of the incident.

However, some of the main accused like Yogesh Raj are yet to be nabbed.

Yogesh Raj and Shikhar Agarwal, while on the run, both issued videos claiming innocence in the mob violence case but are yet to surrender or be arrested.

More than 70 people, with some of them allegedly having links to the VHP and its youth wing Bajrang Dal, were booked on charges of murder, attempt to murder, rioting, sedition, damage to public property and dacoity, among others in the mob violence case which took place after allegations of cow slaughter in a village in Bulandshahr.

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