A Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death by the Kaushambi police late on Wednesday night while his relative managed to escape from the police clutches.
Nand lal Pasi (45) and his brother-in-law Munshi Lala were stopped by the police around 7.30 pm,while they were on their way home from Phoolwa village under Pipari police station in Kaushambi. Nand Lal is a resident of Rajapur,Allahabad.
Asking for the registration papers of their bike,the policemen allegedly demanded money,but when Nand Lal refused to pay,they dragged the two men to the nearby Makdoompur police outpost.
Since Nand Lal had refused to pay the money,the cops and the outpost in-charge first thrashed him with rifle butts and sticks, said Munshi Lal,who claimed to have witnessed the incident.
They beat him till he fell unconscious. Sensing danger,the cops then threw him near a brick kiln. I managed to escape from the outpost before they returned.
Reaching the Phoolwa village,Munshi Lal told the locals about the incident,following which,hundreds of irate villagers gheraoed the police outpost.
The mob critically injured sub inspector Brij Bali Tiwari of the Rahima Police outpost,who had to be taken to the SRN Hospital in Allahabad.
The locals kept the body of Nand Lal and blocked the Pipari road. District Magistrate Lokesh M and Superintendent of Police RK Bhardwaj also reached the spot and tried to pacify the locals.
We are inquiring into the matter and verifying the allegations of the locals, said Bhardwaj,if any policemen are found guilty,stern action will be taken against them.
Vehicular traffic remained blocked till the time of filing the report as the locals refused to lift the blockade till the guilty policemen were arrested and an FIR was filed. The police had to use force to take possession of the body which has been sent to the SRN Hospital for postmortem.
The locals laid siege to the Makdoompur police outpost and the situation is volatile. The Samajwadi Party parliamentarian Sailendra Kumar,too,reached the spot and condemned the police action.