Youth's death sparks protest, 1 dies in firing

Youth's death sparks protest, 1 dies in firing

Extortion attempt triggers clash, 7 cops suspended

Tension prevailed at Shergarh area in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district as a mob of villagers went on rampage torching vehicles and ransacking a police station after two persons were killed and many others injured in clashes with the police on Tuesday over an alleged extortion by the latter.

Seven policemen, including a station house in-charge, have been suspended and a case of murder has been registered against them and three other police officers, according to officials here.

The violence was triggered after police allegedly tried to extort money from a youth Jitendra, who was carrying illegally mined mud on his tractor-trolley.

Reports said Jitendra offered them some money but they insisted on more.

Even while their argument was on, Jitendra started the tractor and tried to speed away from the spot.

Crushed under wheels

The policemen hit him from behind as a result of which he fell and was crushed under the tractor’s wheels. The youth died on the spot.

Hundreds of locals from his Naugaon village later reached the Shergarh police station
and went on rampage to protest against the police brutality.

They ransacked and torched the police station and the vehicles prompting the police to open fire.

Seven injured
One person was killed in the firing and seven others were injured.
Police, however, denied reports of firing.

Security personnel were rushed to the spot from the nearby districts to control the situation and senior officials also reached there.  “The situation was tense but is under control now,” an official said.