Cop returning from PM’s rally killed by stone-pelting mob in UP; 28 arrested

Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh: Days after the Bulandshahr violence in which inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead by a violent mob, a police constable on Saturday died after he was hit by a stone thrown by a group of protesters in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur. The incident took place couple of hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in the district.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead in western Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on December 3, after clashes erupted over cow slaughter allegations. The policeman killed in Ghazipur has been identified as head constable Suresh Vats, 48, said the police sources.

According to the initial reports, the policemen of Naunera police station, returning from the duty at PM’s rally, were asked to intervene and control the protestors belonging to Nishad community demanding quota near Kathwamor Managai Nadi pul.

As the police team approached the protestor squatted on the state highway to remove them from the spot, they started pelting stones at the cops. In the melee, a stone thrown by the agitated crowd hit head constable on his head injuring him grievously.

While the constable turned unconscious, two locals were also injured by the Nishad Party workers, an ally of Samajwadi Party, during the unrest in Naunera area. Somehow the police party managed to disperse the mob and rushed the injured cop to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival.

As many as 28 people have been arrested in connection with the stone-pelting incident. As per reports, the 28 men were apprehended during an overnight raid. “Thirty-two have been named in the FIR, while 60 unnamed people are also mentioned in the report,” Ghazipur City circle officer MP Pathak was quoted as saying in media reports. The officer said that arrests were made based on video footage and police was interrogating the men.