A police constable was killed Saturday in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur when protesters hurled stones at the venue of a public meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Superintendent of Police (Ghazipur) Yashveer Singh said the protesters were workers from the Rashtriya Nishad Party. However, party chief Sanjay Kumar Nishad denied the charge. “We want a detailed police investigation into the incident. The BJP is trying to defame us by levelling false allegations,” he said.
The political party enjoys the support of the Nishads, an OBC (other backward classes) community that has a sizeable presence in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Praveen Kumar, his son, had won the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls earlier this year with the support of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala reacted by claiming that neither people nor the police were safe in “Yogi Adityanath’s grand jungle rule”. “Today in Ghazipur after Modiji’s rally, a mob mercilessly killed police constable Suresh Vats,” he tweeted. “Democracy in BJP rule=mobocracy.
Source of local reports confirms PM Modi had not left for Varanasi and in his presence the violence in Ghazipur took place.
Constable Suresh Vats (48) from Karimuddinpur police station was hit on the head by a stone when he went to end a traffic jam caused by the protests.The constable was from Raniganj in Pratapgarh district.
“He was immediately taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, the SP said.
He said about 15 party workers were detained. The police are trying to identify other protesters through the video footage of the incident.
The death comes less than a month after the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was shot dead during mob violence in Bulandshahr district over alleged cow slaughter.
The accused Hindutva bajrang leaders who allegedly shot the Bulandshahr inspector is still absconding and yet to be arrested by Uttarpradesh Police
Sensing trouble Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath this time swiftly announced a compensation of Rs 40 lakh for the wife of the dead constable and Rs 10 lakh for his parents, the state government said.
He also directed the district magistrate and the superintendent of police to take strict action against unruly elements and immediately arrest them.
Modi had addressed a public meeting after laying the foundation stone for a medical college and releasing a postal stamp on Maharaj Suheldev.