Massive public outrage over the death of a trader Sanjay Jain forced police to lodge an FIR against Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) — youth wing of BJP — leader Deependra Shrivastava and 10-12 unidentified persons for killing Jain.
Jain died in a hospital Tuesday evening after he was allegedly beaten up by Shrivastava and his friends in the morning at Shrivastava's residence at Ashoka Garden.
The accused also allegedly beat up Jain's family members, who accompanied him to the BJYM leader's residence to lodge their protest against beating of Sanjay Jain's cousin Rahul Jain a day earlier.
Ashoka Garden police's role was dubious right from the beginning. According to Jains, when they went to the police station to lodge an FIR against Shrivastava and his friends, the town inspector of Ashoka Garden police station refused to lodge the FIR till the medical examination on Sanjay and other victims was conducted. Later, Sanjay died.
On Wednesday, nearly 500 residents of Roshanbagh, the locality which the deceased belonged to, staged a 'chakka jam' in front of Ashoka Garden police station and placed the trader's body on the road demanding action against the accused and the police personnel who didn't take action against the accused.
The agitated residents raised slogans against local MLA Vishwas Sarang, pulled down hoardings which had Sarang's photos on them and set them afire. The protestors alleged that Sarang patronised Shrivastava. They also demanded suspension of police station in-charge Purnendra Singh, who allegedly tried to hush up the matter.
During the protest, women threw bangles on the police personnel, while one of them allegedly slapped a police constable when he tried to stop her from going near the trader's body.
A neighbour of the deceased, Sumit Rathore, alleged, "Police are trying to shield the accused as they belong to the ruling party. When we reached the police station on Tuesday morning, however, police refused to lodge the complaint because of the political pressure."
The deceased's mother Chanda Jain also accused the police officials of shielding the accused. "When my son fainted at the gate of police station, the policemen asked us to give him water saying that he would be normal instead of taking him to hospital," alleged Chanda Jain.
Later, the protestors called off the 'chakka jam' after additional district magistrate (ADM) Vikas Mishra reached the spot and police lodged the case of murder against the accused.
Mishra assured the family members that a departmental inquiry had been ordered to look into alleged negligence of police. The district administration also announced a compensation of Rs 10,000 to the deceased's family and a job to the deceased's wife.
City superintendent of police (CSP) Arvind Khare said, "We have started a search for the accused and they would be nabbed soon," adding that autopsy has been performed and a report is awaited.
Police sources said the deceased in his statement before two police constables at the hospital had accused the BJYM leader and his friends of beating up him and his family members.