The brother of army man Jeetu Fauji who is named as an accused in the Bulandshahr violence has said that he is being made a scapegoat.
Dharmendra Malik, Jeetu's brother, and himself an army man even said that he was not going wear his uniform until he proves Fauji innocent. Malik confirmed that Jeetu Fauji is in the army's custody.
"My brother left that place at 12:55 when the violence had begun as he had to be on time for his duty and the roads to Siana were closed. No one has a grudge in my village. An army man is a soft target, anyone can accuse him. Are there any arrest of the 27 people who are named in the FIR? I believe my brother is being made a scapegoat. The police also treated me like I were a terrorist," he said.
"I request UP CM Yogi Adityanath and General Bipin Rawat, that until there is any evidence against my brother he should not be handed over to the police. I request help from CM Adiityanath. I have proof that my brother is innocent. He is in the custody of the army.
"I will not wear this uniform until I prove my brother is innocent, even if hurts to remove my uniform," he said.
Five more individuals were on Friday arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police, with an army personnel's name also appearing among the accused in the FIR in connection with the Bulandshahr violence.
Today's arrests take the total tally up to nine. The five arrested have been identified as Nitin, Rohit, Chandra, Jitendra and Sonu, Inspector General (Crime) Lucknow - S. K. Bhagat confirmed, adding that the arrests were made on the basis of video footages and eyewitnesses.
Heads are rolling after the horrific Bulandshahr incident in which Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year-old youth were killed by a violent mob.
The Bulandshahr SSP Krishna Bahadur Singh has been transferred on Saturday. The SSP's transfer is the third one to happen. Earlier, the circle officer Satya Prakash was transferred to police training centre in Moradabad while the local chowki in-charge Suresh Kumar was transferred to Lalitpur district.
(With ANI inputs)