Seven policemen, including a sub-inspector, on Thursday were booked for the murder of two persons who had drowned on Wednesday in the Betwa river while allegedly trying to escape from a police team in Kotwali police station area of Hamirpur district.
The police said they had received information about a few gamblers assembling at the spot where the team had gone to conduct a raid. While the team led by Sub-Inspector Sunil Kumar arrested four persons from the spot near the river, others managed to run away. While escaping, many jumped into the river and managed to swim across it, barring two — Mohammed Israr and Amit Kashyap — who drowned.
Police said a post-mortem report has revealed that the Israr and Kashyap, a minor, died of drowning. Their family members claimed that the police did not even inform them about the death of the two.
Two FIRs of murder have been lodged against four named and three unidentified policemen, including Kumar, based on the complaints of the family members of the deceased. Kumar and another constable have been suspended pending inquiry by Additional SP Brajesh Kumar Mishra, said Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar Singh. He added that if anyone else was found guilty in the matter, action will be taken against them.
The family members of Israr, including his wife Reshma, had staged protests outside the Kotwali police station till late Wednesday night, demanding strict action against the policemen who were chasing the duo. They called off their protest only after the administration assured them of action against guilty policemen and announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to each family.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Hamirpur Sadar, Ram Bhajan Tiwari said the administration has also assured Israr’s wife of a job at a sanitary napkin centre of the district.