Five policemen, including an Station Officer (SO), have been suspended in connection with the death of an undertrial under mysterious circumstances in police custody in Badaun district's Bisauli area, a senior home department officer said in Lucknow on Wednesday.
"SO Brijendra Tadava, SI Manoj Kumar, Gaurav Tyagi and two policemen Vikas and Prashan Kumar have been suspended," he said.
On Tuesday, infuriated over the death of a theft accused under suspicious circumstances while being taken back to jail after court hearing, villagers clashed with a police party in Badaun and set a police station and a jeep on fire.
According to SSP Atul Saxena, Harvinder Singh, a resident of Salempur village, was handed over to police by locals on charges of stealing a cattle.
He died of unknown reasons while being taken to district jail from district court in a police vehicle. He was rushed to Bisauli primary health centre where doctors declared him dead.
The clash started after news of Singh's death spread, locals rushed to the spot. They gheraoed policemen and severely beat four of them while setting their jeep on fire, the SSP had said, adding they also set the nearby Main Bazar Police Chowki on fire.