Locals protesting the death of a 23-year-old Dalit youth allegedly by police torture turned violent as they set fire to police vehicles at a police post in Ghazipur district on Monday. Heavy force has been deployed in the area to maintain calm.
Police have registered a case of murder against the Station Officer of Jangipur police station,Ashish Kumar Mishra,and transferred him to the district lines. The case has been registered on the complaint filed by the youths father,Janardan Ram,a resident of Naseerpur village under Jangipur police station area.
Inspector General (Varanasi Zone),G L Meena,said,We will investigate as per the FIR registered on the basis of the complaint lodged by the family of Ghanshyam,who died. Only a postmortem will make things clear. The deceased was questioned by the police around three days ago.
According to police,a complaint was lodged on April 25 at Jangipur police station regarding a Dalit girl,who had gone missing from Naseerpur village. She had not returned home that morning after she went to answer natures call. On Sunday night,the condition of Ghanshyam,who was questioned by the police at least twice in this period with regard to the missing girl,worsened. He was taken to a public health centre,from where he was referred to a hospital in Varanasi this morning. He died on the way,police said.
His family members and residents of Naseerpur village then blocked the link road to the main Ghazipur-Varanasi road at Naseerpur chauraha,the police said.
Police personnel from nearby police stations,including Dulhapur,were called in to get the blockade removed. However,the mob turned violent and attacked the Hansrajpur police outpost,which falls under the Sadiabad police station area,as it was very near to the intersection. The staff of Hansrajpur outpost had nothing to do with the incident, said Circle Officer (City),Kamal Kishore. A police motorcycle and the jeep of the Station Officer of Dulhapur were set on fire by the mob. Locals also pelted stones at the outpost,added Kishore.
Subsequently District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police,besides the DIG (Varanasi Range),rushed to the spot along with additional forces. The situation was brought under control in the next couple of hours.
Meena said: Preliminary inquiries indicate that Ghanshyam was questioned at Jangipur police station on the evening of April 25,after the girls family said that he may provide some lead. Ghanshyam was again questioned on April 26,in the presence of his father. His condition is said to have worsened on the night of April 28. There is a gap of around three days. We will investigate the matter.