A DOZEN policemen in Agra were booked on Sunday following violent protests by villagers, after the body of a man, allegedly picked up by the police for questioning in a robbery case, was found floating in a village pond.
Demanding the immediate arrest of the accused policemen, the mob blocked roads, pelted stones and vandalised public structures. The police used tear gas to disperse them.
Around 10 am in Navada Kherda village in Agra’s Shamshabad area, villagers recovered the body of Bhuri Singh, a local, from a pond located barely a few meters from his house. The deceased was allegedly picked up by the police on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
Following this, villagers blocked State Highway-113, connecting Shamshabad to Agra city and engaged in heavy stone pelting and vandalism. They damaged several police jeeps and motorcycles and pelted policemen with stones.
According to the FIR lodged by the kin of the deceased, Sub-Inspector Vinod Kumar picked up Bhuri Singh around 1.30 am on Sunday from his house. “He was accompanied by 10 to 12 other policemen. They took my husband to the police station. His body was found in village pond on Sunday morning. There were injury marks on his body,” said Lalita Devi.
“The policemen misbehaved with the women present in the house. They used bamboos to stop the women when they tried to stop them from taking away my husband,” she added.
Senior officers, including SSP Preetinder Singh, met the victim’s family and accepted a written complaint in the matter, following which, an FIR was lodged against a dozen policemen, including Vinod Kumar (posted in Iradatnagar police station in Agra).
“Police have also lodged a counter FIR against those who indulged in violence and vandalism. The accused policemen have been suspended with immediate effect,” said SP (Rural) Akhilesh Narain Singh.