New Delhi: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, a police constable in the state’s eastern district lost his life after being attacked by stone-pelting mob. The policeman has been identified as constable Suresh Vats. Notably, the incident comes days after a inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on December 3.
Speaking to news agency PTI, Superintendent of Police (Ghazipur) Yashveer Singh, said, “The protesters were workers from the Rashtriya Nishad Party who were prevented by the police from going to the Prime Minister’s rally.”
He added,”When the Prime Minister had left Ghazipur, party workers blocked traffic at various places and started pelting stones on the vehicles returning from the programme venue.”
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. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.
The SP further informed that 15 party workers have been detained and the police are trying to identify other protesters through the video footage of the incident.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police of the district to immediately take action and arrest the accused. He has also announced of Rs 40 lakh for the wife of constable Vats and Rs. 10 lakh for his parents.
The Congress on Saturday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over the death of a police constable during stone-pelting by a mob, alleging that in Yogi Adityanath’s “jungle rule” neither the people are safe, nor the police.
Reacting to the incident, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claimed, “In Adityanath’s grand jungle rule, neither the people were safe, nor the police.” “Today in Ghazipur after Modi ji’s rally, a mob mercilessly killed police constable Suresh Vats,” he tweeted. “Democracy in BJP rule=mobocracy,” Surjewala said in a tweet.
Second cop to die in mob violence this month
On December 3, mob violence broke out in Bulandshahr district near Chingrawathi police post after cattle carcasses were found strewn in a field near Mahaw village. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar were shot dead as the mob attacked the police. Bulandshahr SSP Prabhakar Chaudhary yesterday revealed that Singh was allegedly attacked with an axe and stones before being shot dead.
“It also emerged that during the violence the inspector had opened fire in self-defence from his service pistol, which hit Sumit Kumar, and the five or six other men with Prashant then surrounded the inspector and shot him. They also tried to set him on fire him,” Bulandshahr SSP Prabhakar Chaudhary told a TV news channel.
Prashant Nat, the man who allegedly shot dead Singh, during mob violence over alleged cow slaughter, was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court on Friday.