The body of a 32-year-old grocery shop owner was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the guard room of Banda district’s Tindwari police station Saturday, hours after he had an argument with his neighbour over an electricity connection. Both had been summoned to the police station along with the village head to discuss the issue.
An FIR on charge of abetment to suicide was registered against six persons Sunday, on the basis of a complaint filed by Ram Asrey Singh, father of the deceased, Bablu Singh, a resident of Bhagdhara Dera village. Meanwhile, Banda Superintendent of Police S Anand transferred Station House Officer (SHO) of Tindwari police station, Angad Pratap Singh, and three other policemen on grounds of negligence and also ordered an inquiry against them.
Ram Asrey alleged that his son killed himself because he was being “pressured” by the accused. No arrests have been made so far.
According to police, Ram Asrey stated in his complaint that on October 24, Bablu was sitting in his grocery shop when he saw his neighbour Chotte Nishad, attempting to pull wires from an electric transformer while inebriated. When Bablu objected, Chotte got into an argument with him. The latter was soon joined by some of his family members and a scuffle ensued. Four persons include two women from Chotte’s family sustained injuries, said a police officer.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Banda, Lal Bharat Kumar Pal said, “Chotte and Bablu filed non-cognizable reports (NCRs) against each other at the Tindwari police station under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).”
On Sunday, Bablu and Chotte were summoned to the police station regarding the cross-case. Chotte arrived with his associates.
Police said the duo again got into an argument while waiting for SHO Singh to arrive at the police station. Bablu then left the police station.
“When the SHO arrived, policemen began searching for Bablu. His body was found hanging from a scarf tied to the ceiling fan in the guard room. The body was brought down and sent to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” said a police officer.
On hearing about the death, several local residents rushed to the police station and staged a protest. The situation was brought under control when senior police officers arrived and assured action against the culprits. The body was then sent for post-mortem.
DIG, Chitrakoot Dham, Manoj Tiwari said, “The autopsy report says there was no injury on the body and death occurred due to hanging. An FIR has been lodged against six persons on different charges including abetment to suicide.”
“Four policemen including SHO of Tindwari police station have been removed and attached with Reserve Police Lines. An inquiry against them has been ordered and the next course of action will be taken on the basis of the inquiry report,” he added.