Tension prevailed in Singhavali Ahir village in Baghpat district after a 50-year-old Muslim man, who was allegedly attacked by a group of five men from another community, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Meerut Friday morning.
The victim, Bindu, had sustained head injuries and was referred to Meerut hospital on Thursday night.
The members of his community gathered on road and started staging protest soon after Bindu’s body was brought to the village. They blocked Meerut-Baghpat highway placing the body on the road. They also refused to bury the body till all the five accused were arrested and compensation to the family of the deceased is promised.
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The agitation was lifted only after Additional District Magistrate gave them in writing that all the accused will be arrested and a recommendation will be sent to the government for compensation to the family, said Superintendent of Police, Baghpat, Sharad Sachan.
Heavy police force, including PAC personnel, have been deployed in the village which is Hindu dominated.
Station Officer, Singhavali Ahir police station, R K Singh said on Thursday evening, Bindu’s son went out to purchase some ice cubes and entered in a heated exchange over the price with shopkeeper Kuldeep Kashyap.
The SO said the youth returned home and complained to his father about the altercation. Bindu, too, reached Kashyap’s shop where the latter along with four others allegedly attacked him. Bindu was hit on his head with a bottle leaving him seriously injured.
He was rushed to district hospital in Baghpat from where he was referred to Meerut where he died this morning. Bindu’s brother Abdul Sattar got a case on murder charges registered against Kuldeep, his brother Sumit, Nitin, Manoj and Nitish. All accused belong to the same village.