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Speaking to ANI, the MLA said, 'While trying to save himself, the cop became hopeless and fired at himself in haste. He was not targeted by anyone.'
BJP MLA Devendra Singh Lodhi on Friday stirred a controversy stating that Inspector Subodh Kumar, the cop who was allegedly killed in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr violence, shot himself in haste after he became hopeless.
Speaking to ANI, Devendra Singh said, "While trying to save himself, the cop became hopeless and fired at himself in haste. He was not targeted by anyone; it was a mob that got aggressive as the police were not filing an FIR."
On December 3, inspector Subodh Singh Kumar and a local were killed in the violence, which erupted after the carcasses of 25 cattle were found in the forests close to a police post.
The locals had alleged that the carcasses found were of the cows, which were slaughtered illegally.
According to sources, the post-mortem examination conducted on Singh had confirmed gunshot injury on his head. The post-mortem report also revealed that Subodh had six marks of injuries inflicted by stones and also a bullet was stuck inside his skull.
On Thursday police arrested Prashant Natt, a man who allegedly shot inspector Singh. As per police, Natt has confessed to having shot at Singh.
"He has accepted during interrogation that he was the one who fired at Subodh Kumar. Further investigation is underway," the SP noted.
Another accused Yogesh Raj, the convener of the district unit of Bajrang Dal, claims innocence and is absconding. So far, the police have been able to arrest four people.
Another key accused, an army man called Jitu Fauji, was detained by Uttar Pradesh Police earlier this month and was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a local court.
(With inputs from agencies)