September 7, 2009 2:28:59 am
An irate mob chased and thrashed two police constables on Sunday for not registering a complaint after a Dalit youth was electrocuted in Pratapgarh.
Relatives and neighbours of deceased Raj Kumar alleged that certain influential people of the area forced him to climb a tree on Saturday evening and cut a branch that was entangled in a high voltage wire.
He was working in a field when they forced him to cut the branch. While cutting the branch he came in contact with the live wire and got electrocuted, said Bhupati,Raj Kumars neighbour.
Later in the evening,locals went to the Kotwali police station to lodge a complaint against Anil Singh,Subhash and Dinesh Singh,who allegedly forced Raj Kumar to cut the branch,but the police turned them away.
Thereafter,the villagers staged a demonstration on Sunday afternoon and blocked the Faizabad-Allahabad national highway for over two hours.
When two constables of Kotwali police station reached the spot,angry villagers chased them away and beat them up.
The Pratapgarh ASP,S P Pathak,said angry relatives and neighbours of the
deceased blocked the national highway and when the police reached the spot to listen to their grievances,they attacked the two constables.
We have lodged FIR against Dinesh Singh,a resident of Pratapgarh city,who allegedly forced Raj Kumar to climb the tree, he said.
We are yet to receive the postmortem report. After confirming whether he died of an electric shock or fell from the tree,we will take up investigation, Pathak added.
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