The Circle Officer (CO) of Kunda in Pratapgarh district,Ziaul Haque,was shot dead during a mob attack on a police team after a village head and his brother were murdered on Saturday evening.
Pratapgarh Additional SP Asha Ram said the COs body has been recovered. He said the policemen accompanying the CO have also been rescued.
Haque(32) was a Provincial Police Service (PPS) officer of 2009 batch and a resident of Deoria district.
According to police,Nanhe Lal Yadav,the pradhan of Balipur village,and his brother Surendra were shot dead by supporters of his political rival at 8.30 pm. After coming to know about the incident,the CO reached the spot,but was attacked by the villagers. He said someone from the mob started firing at the CO and other policemen. While the CO suffered gunshot injury and died,a sub-inspector and some policemen accompanying him managed to save their lives by hiding in a house.
ASP Ram said Nanhe had rivalry with some people in his village,who had contested him for the pradhan post. He said prima facie the name of one Kanta Pal,a resident of the same village,has been appeared to be involved in the murder of Nanhe and his brother.
Reports said the pradhan had given a complaint to police two days back about threat from his opponents,but no security was given to him.
ADG (law & order) Arun Kumar and N Ravinder,DIG (Allahabad Range),had rushed to Pratapgarh tonight.