An A-K 47 rifle snatched from the gunner of superintendent of police (rural) by the mob,which indulged in rioting and arson in Deoband area of Saharanpur district on Tuesday evening,is yet to be recovered by the police.
While the situation is now under control in the area,SHO of Deoband police station Yashvir Singh and driver of a police gypsy Brajvir Singh have been suspended for their alleged role in the death of fruit vendor Afzal last evening which sparked mob violence,said Meerut zone Inspector General Bhawesh Kumar Singh.
The IG said that DSP Charan Singh,who was circle officer of the area,has been attached to the SSP office on charges of dereliction of duty.
Singh said a group of trouble-makers had attacked SP (Rural) Anil Mishra and his gunner Sandip Raghav when they reached the spot to control the situation. The rioters injured Mishra and Raghav and snatched the service A-K 47 rifle from the gunner. A police team has been engaged to recover the gun,he added.
He also said that he had visited the spot last night and talked to the locals who alleged that Yashvir was passing by Nechalgarh locality in Deoband in the evening when the driver of his gypsy suddenly stopped the vehicle. He got down and beat up Afzal for placing his handcart on the road.
The locals also alleged that the vendor fell unconscious but the SHO left without attending to him. The victim was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,the IG said.
He said that the doctors said the fruit vendor died of cardiac arrest,but they are waiting for the postmortem report.
Angry over the death,the locals went on a rampage,pelting stones on passing vehicles and torched a car. The police team which arrived to disperse the mob too was attacked with stones and a police jeep was set on fire,Singh said.
The police had to fire in the air and cane-charge the mob to control the situation.