In a shocking incident, a mob caught hold of a murder suspect who was trying to flee the scene and thrashed him to death in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar on Monday morning. The incident took place in Rampur Bangra area of Taryasujan police station area when a man, who worked as a teacher, was shot dead by a miscreant at his residence.
After shooting at the teacher, the accused climbed onto the roof of the deceased's house and began firing in the air. The police arrived on the spot to take the murder-accused into custody, however, when the news of the teacher's demise reached the villagers, they corned the accused and lynched him in front of policemen.
According to eyewitnesses, the attacker tried to surrender when he saw the police but was soon attacked by the mob. Angry villagers thrashed the miscreant with sticks amid police presence. The police team, led by CO Tamkuhiraj, tried to intervene many times but to no avail. The villagers refused to hand over the attacker to the police and beat him to death.
The police reached the spot after over an hour but the villagers had already surrounded the house by then. The villagers snatched him away from police custody and beat him to death with sticks.
The teacher, identified as Sudhir Singh, was the son of one Mohar Singh. According to the villagers, Singh was shot thrice by the attacker while he was asleep and died on the spot. Some villagers alleged that despite the information being conveyed to the police, they reached the spot over an hour after the incident.
Panic gripped the village after the horrific incident and the situation continues to remain tense. SP Vinod Kumar Mishra said that the case is being investigated and strict action will be taken against the culprits.
Following the incident, the SHO of Taryasujan police station under whose jurisdiction the double murder took place was suspended and a probe was ordered against the official. "Taryasujan SHO Harendra Mishra has been suspended and a probe committee has been constituted against him and other policemen of the police station for not being able to protect the accused. Action will be taken after the report," Mishra said.
Police said that the motive of the murder is yet to be found.
The incident triggered criticism from opposition parties in UP. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet, "There were tight security arrangements for the important persons yesterday in Kushinagar and today everything is missing. A teacher has been shot dead. Sad. If the entire police is engaged in VVIP security, what will happen to law and order? The public is asking if there is any saviour for us in UP?"
Rashtriya Lok Dal's national secretary Anupam Mishra said, "It is very shocking that there is no law and order in the state. The UP Government has failed to control crime, and people have lost their trust in the administration."