Ram Bhawan Singh has been in Banda jail since his arrest on November 17. The jail authorities on Tuesday told the court that Singh had tested positive for Covid-19, said Additional District Government Counsel (Banda) Manoj Dixit.
The accused were caught transporting 53 cattle — cows and progeny — in two trucks to Bihar. Constable Deep Narain Paswan was in plainclothes, and sitting in one of the trucks, the police claimed. Narain was posted at the Reserve Police Lines in Ballia.
On October 5, Siddique Kappan, who works with Malayalam news website Azhimukham, was arrested in Mathura while on his way to Hathras where a 19-year-old Dalit woman had been allegedly assaulted and gangraped leading to her death in a Delhi hospital.
The bail applications of Atiq-ur-Rahman (25), Masood Ahmed (26) and Alam (26) are pending. They are facing several charges, including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), sedition, promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion and deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings, said police.
Patidar, who is yet to be questioned by the police in connection with the death case, had moved the High Court after a court issued non-bailable warrants (NBW) against him and two other accused policemen.
The police recently filed a chargesheet against the journalists — Ashish Tomar, Shakeel Ahmed, Moin, Amir and Lakhan. Ashish and Shakeel were named in the FIR and police said the names of Moin, Amir and Lakhan cropped up during investigation.
Police said all the cases against Kushal Veer Singh were registered at Azeem Nagar police station in Rampur last year and in most of the cases, Singh is a co-accused with senior Samajwadi Party leader and Rampur MP Azam Khan.
The case registered at Chandpa police station of Hathras on October 4 relates with alleged conspiracy to instigate riots along caste lines and defame the state government over the alleged rape, and murder, of the 19-year-old Dalit woman.
A few days after he was found injured with bullet wounds in his car on September 8, Tripathi passed away. Before the incident, he had accused Patidar and other police officers of extortion and intimidation.
Citing forensic reports, police had denied that the woman was raped. Addressing a press conference earlier this month, Prashant Kumar, ADG, Law & Order, had said: “As per the FSL (forensic science laboratory) report, no semen or sperm secretion was found in the viscera sample.”
“Her family told the court that the cremation was done by the Hathras district administration against their wishes,” said senior advocate Jaideep Narain Mathur, who was appointed amicus curiae in the case.