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Four Uttar Pradesh Police Personnel Suspended Amid Controversy Over Muslim Man’s Death During Chase in Bijnor

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On Friday, in Uttar Pradesh, four police personnel were suspended after a Muslim man’s death during a chase in Bijnor. A video of the incident had gone viral on social media, showing the policemen running from a location wherein the individual who made the video was shouting and alleging that the same policemen had shot and killed a man.

After the video went viral, police inspector Neeraj Kumar Jadaun released a statement saying, “In connection with the death of a person named Shehzad in the Kotwali Deha police station area at around 6:30 pm today, I would like to inform you that on August 28th, a woman named Shabana lodged a case against Shehzad at Dhampur police station under Section 341 and 506 of IPC. To investigate this allegation, a police team from Dhampur went to the Kotwali Deha police station area this evening, information was received about Shehzad’s presence in a house. On seeing the police, Shehzad ran from the roof and while running he died falling from the roof, he had fallen on the road. Shehzad’s relatives have to say that Salman was also present on the spot and Salman hit Shehzad with a brick. As a result, Shehzad fell from the roof and died.” 

Neeraj Kumar said that the case had been registered based on the complaint filed by the family members, and he became aware of a video related to the incident, which had been forwarded to him by villagers. In the video, some police personnel can be seen running away from the spot, leaving the injured Shehzad on the spot.

Kumar said that it was the duty of the police personnel to take Shehzad to the hospital in his injured condition, where he would have been provided with prompt treatment.

“Due to their negligence, the four police personnel, whose names are, Sub Inspector Anil, Head Constable Manoj Kumar, Constable Ankit Rana and Constable Vijay Tomar, all have been punished with immediate suspension,” Jadaun said.

The investigation of the entire case has been assigned to SP Rural, who has been directed to send the report within seven days. The DM has also been asked by Kumar to order an inquiry into the entire incident.

Kumar assured in the video that fair action will be taken in the entire investigation, and whoever is guilty will be punished.

The other side of the story

Another video on the incident has come to light where a woman named Shamsheera, in her interview with the media, alleged that her uncle (Shehzad) was killed by the police personnel who had forcefully entered the house and also threatened her.

“The main door was locked, and I was busy with my chores. Then I suddenly saw a man peeking from the wall, who asked me to open the door. The moment I opened the door, a group of police personnel entered the house and ran towards the terrace. I asked them what had happened, but they did not stop and also threatened me,” said Shamsheera.

Shamsheera accused the police of assaulting both her and her family, which led to the death of her uncle.

“The police started thrashing my husband and my uncle. When they were done, they came downstairs, wherein, I tried to stop them, but they pushed me away, and I fell to the ground. My uncle (Shehzad) has died. Those policemen have killed my uncle. They first beat him up, smashed a brick on his head, and then threw him off the terrace,” she said.

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