A police constable was killed in a stone-pelting incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur on Saturday after a protesting mob turned violent. The state government identified the constable as Suresh Vats. Some police personnel were injured, too.
The protestors allegedly belonged to the Nishad Party, who had staged demonstrations earlier in the day to demand reservations for the Nishad community. They gathered again in the evening to demand the release of four workers who had been arrested when police tried to disperse them in the earlier protest, reports said. Several vehicles with people coming back from a rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi got stuck in the blockade, reported The Hindu. The rally was held just about 15 km away hours earlier.
The constable was killed when protestors began to throw stones as police were “trying to clear the roadblock” created by them, said Yash Veer Singh, superintendent of police of Ghazipur, according to The Hindu.
Director General of Police OP Singh said the incident had no connection with Modi’s rally, reported the Hindustan Times. Vijay Singh Meena, the inspector general of Varanasi range, said police were using video footage to identify those involved in inciting the mob.
Chief Minister Adityanath directed the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police of the district to penalise the accused. Adityanath’s office announced a compensation of Rs 40 lakh for the wife of constable and Rs 10 lakh for his parents. “Chief Minister Adityanath has expressed his condolences,” his office said.