Claiming a major breakthrough in the killing of Saharanpur youth Noman (20), Himachal Pradesh Police on Sunday arrested one person, alleged to be the main accused, even as officials said at least four more people were likely to be arrested within the next 12 hours.
The police, however, decided to keep the identity of the arrested accused secret till others involved were arrested and produced before the court. Police sources revealed the arrested man was the driver of the vehicle that chased down the truck carrying cattle to Saharanpur.
Sirmaur SP Somuya Sambasivan told The Indian Express over phone that the arrest was made on the basis of electronic evidence, rigorous investigations during the past 48 hours and statements of the eyewitnesses.
“A special team headed by Additional SP (Nahan) Vinod Dhiman has managed to collect sufficient evidence pin pointing the role of the person arrested today. He is supposed to be main man behind the incident. Deputy SP Yogesh Ratola and members of the cyber-crime unit have also provided authentic inputs on those involved with the crime,” she said.
On Wednesday, some people from Lawasa and few others had chased a truck carrying cattle and thrashed five people, including Noman, who later succumbed to his injuries. Later, the police registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against unknown people. The police at Sarahan had also registered a separate FIR against four persons under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Section 8 of the HP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act and Section 429 of the IPC.
After the incident, members of the Muslim community had protested police’s failure to nab the accused, who they alleged were linked to radical Hindu groups that had been raising the issue of cattle smuggling. “The police showed photographs of the villagers allegedly involved in the crime to four persons and also interrogated several people. Now, we can firmly say as who were the people behind the incident,” said Sambasivan.
5 Muslim men booked in Lucknow
Lucknow: Police on Sunday booked five Muslim men from Gudamba area of Lucknow on the suspicion that they had stolen and slaughtered three cows. Deepu Yadav, a resident of Bhagatpura village, had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his five cows had gone missing on Friday. He claimed that while one cow returned early Saturday, another was found lying, with its legs tied by a rope, in a nullah near Bhakhamau village.
However, police said they had not found any blood or evidence at the spot, which could establish that the cows were slaughtered there.