5 cops injured in stone pelting in UP village

Ballia (UP), January 7

Five policemen were injured as people protesting over a 25-year-old man’s death in a road accident pelted them with stones in a village here after the stir took a violent turn, officials said on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, Vishkarma Paswan died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle on National Highway 31, and locals staged a protest with the dead body on the road, said Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sanjay Yadav.

A police team along with Tehsildar, Sadar, Gulab Chandra rushed to the spot to pacify the protesters but the meeting ended up in a heated argument after the Tehsildar slapped a villager, said the ASP.

After this, the crowd turned violent and indulged in heavy brick-batting, in which five policemen, including Deputy Superintendent of Police, City, Arun Kumar Singh, were injured, said Yadav.

Senior officials led by Superintendent of Police Vipin Tada reached the spot with additional force and controlled the situation by removing the protesters from the highway, he said.

A case has been lodged against 35 people, and six of them have been taken into custody, said the ASP.

Additional force has been deployed in the area, he added. PTI

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