Mob attack policeman over death of Dalit

Allahabad, Sep 10 (IANS) Hundreds of people blocked traffic and beat up a police official in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad district Thursday to protest the death of a Dalit man after he was allegedly beaten by police during a routine vehicle check Wednesday night.
Inspector B.B. Tiwari suffered serious injuries when the mob beat him up. He is admitted in hospital.

According to reports, a Dalit man, Nandlal, was returning from a relative’s village on a motorcycle when the police stopped him.

Munshilal, a relative, alleged: “I was accompanying him. An inspector called Shail Kumar stopped us. He demanded money from us and on our refusal some constables accompanying him started beating Nandlal with sticks, and he died.”

However, the police denied the claim.

“In a bid to escape the police, the motorcycle slipped and Nandlal fell into a ditch adjacent to the road. It is probably due to the injuries that he died,” Shail Kumar claimed.

Deputy Inspector General Chandra Prakash told IANS: “The matter will be probed and those found guilty will be punished. Besides, action will also be taken against those who attacked and injured the policeman.”

“It was a routine vehicle checking drive and the exact reason of death is being investigated. The post mortem report is awaited,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brijlal said.