A day after two labourers were beaten to death and their bodies thrown into a river, the police are yet to arrest any of the nine people, including six policemen, who have been accused of “orchestrating” the murders.
According to the police, all the accused are currently absconding.
The FIR was lodged by a cousin of one of the deceased at Ghiror police station, after the post-mortem report mentioned injuries on the bodies of the victims — Dilip Yadav (22) and Pankaj Yadav (20). The families alleged that the youths had been beaten to death, and their bodies dumped into the water body to make it look like a case of drowning.
Talking to The Sunday Express, SSP Devranjan Verma said that an FIR has been lodged against Police chowki in-charge sub-inspector Udaiveer Singh, head constable Girish Chand, constables Gaurav Singh and Vinay Gautam, and home guards Viresh Kumar and Ram Khilari. Three brick kiln owners — Sunil Verma alias Lalu (a BJP leader), Arman and Pramod Dubey have also been booked. They have been charged under IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), he said.
“All the accused, including the policemen, are on the run. Police officials have asked the families of the accused to help tracing them all,” the SSP said.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party MLA from Ferozabad district, Hari Om alleged the youths, who belonged to his district, had been killed by the police at the behest of the brick kiln owners. The SSP said the allegations would be verified only after the accused were arrested.
The MLA claimed that the youths used to bring bricks from Ferozabad at cheaper rate and sell it in Mainpuri at a higher price, which was affecting the business of the local brick kiln owners. He alleged that the brick kiln owners conspired with the police personnel at Ghiror police station who beat up the two youths causing their death and later threw their bodies in the river.
He claimed that the matter was in the knowledge of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who had announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family of the victims.