Updated: October 18, 2020 1:06:59 pm
Three days after a 45-year-old farmer was shot lifeless within the presence of administrative and police officers in Ballia district, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) arrested the principle accused, Dhirendra Pratap Singh, from Lucknow on Sunday.
According to police sources, Singh was arrested from Janeshwar Mishra Park within the state capital.
With this, ten individuals, together with Dhirendra’s brothers Devendra and Narendra, have been arrested within the case. While Dhirendra was booked for homicide, seven others have been held for felony conspiracy. There are at the least 20-25 unnamed individuals within the case, PTI reported.
The capturing on Thursday, following a struggle over the allotment of a ration store, befell in full public glare, resulting in pandemonium. According to the police, Singh shot the farmer from his licensed pistol.
Taking cognizance of the matter, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered suspension of all of the police personnel and officers, together with Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Suresh Kumar Pal and Circle Officer Chandrakesh Singh, who have been current on the spot.
Recently, a reward of Rs 75,000 was introduced on every of the named accused who have been absconding. Sources within the police division advised that the administration may also think about reserving the accused underneath the National Security Act.
Amid experiences that Singh is a neighborhood BJP chief, the saffron occasion’s Ballia district unit president Jai Prakash Sahu denied Singh was a celebration employee however added that he “may very well be a BJP supporter”.
BJP MLA from Bairiya, Surendra Singh, mentioned that Singh is an ex-armyman and supporter of the BJP.
On Friday, Surendra Singh had come out in assist of the principle accused, claiming that the latter had opened fireplace in self protection because it was a “kill or get killed” scenario then.
“Dhirendra Pratap Singh opened fireplace in self defence or else dozens of his household and associates would have been killed… He had no different choice. It was a do-or-die scenario fro him,” the BJP legislator advised reporters.
In Lucknow, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi mentioned that apart from the SDM and the Circle Officer, 10 extra policemen, together with two sub-inspectors and eight constables, have been suspended.
The position of the Station Officer of Revati Police Station can be being investigated, Awasthi added.
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