An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and three other policemen suffered serious injuries when a mob of villagers protesting over two murders in a shootout outside Naini Central Jail, clashed with police force in Jhunsi area of Allahabad Tuesday. ASP Ganesh Prasad Saha suffered injury on his face as mob resorted to brick-batting.
The mob had placed one of the bodies on Phoolpur Road staging blockade and demanded that 10 arms licenses be issued for the family members of the deceased.
On Sunday afternoon, two persons — Gyanendra and his associate Lalta Prasad — were killed in the firing by a group of unidentified persons while the duo were coming out of Naini Central Jail. Gyanendra had gone to meet his father Chandrabhan Yadav who is lodged in jail in two murder cases.
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After the autopsy, both the bodies were handed over to the respective families.
Additional SP, Gangapar area, Rajesh Kumar Srivastava said, family members of both the deceased had refused to perform the final rites Monday demanding Gyanendra’s father to be released from jail on parole and police security be provided to the families of both the victims.
While security was provided to the families, they were informed about the delay in formalities before obtaining parole for a prisoner. The family members later had agreed to cremate the bodies, added Srivastava.
They, however, cremated only Lalta’s body Monday evening. The body of Gyanendra was not cremated and the family members had assured the police to cremate it on Tuesday, said the Additional SP.
On Tuesday morning, Srivastava said, Gyanendra’s family members and the locals started protesting at their house at Sherdahi village refusing to cremate the body if 10 arms licenses were not provided to the victim’s family immediately.
While the local police reached the place and tried to convince the family, the mob carried the body to Rahemapur crossing on Phoolpur Road and blocked it asking to meet their demand. Additional force reached the place led by ASP Ganesh Prasad Saha and tried to disperse the crowd when the people got agitated and started pelting stones at the police force. The brick-batting by the mob continued for more than half-an-hour injuring Saha and three other policemen critically, Additional SP Srivastava added.
The police force had to fire tear gas shells and use water canon besides applying lathi-charge to disperse the violent mob. The body was later cremated in the afternoon, said Srivastava.