A local BJP worker was reportedly killed and several others injured in police firing in Ballia district on Friday during a protest at a police station to free a cattle-smuggling accused in UP’s Ballia district, the party has claimed. Police has denied firing on the protestors but confirmed one death.
The victim has been identified as Vinod Rai, 38, a local BJP worker. Station officer of Narahi police station, Rajesh Yadav, said the police resorted to a mild cane charge to disperse a crowd which had laid siege to the post. But he denied that Rai was killed in police firing.
The incident took place when BJP MLA Upendra Tiwari and his supporters were staging a demonstration at the gate of the Narahi police station, demanding the release of an accused in the cattle smuggling case, the party’s district president Vinod Dubey claimed. The party also claimed the accused Chandrama Yadav had been framed.
Tiwari and his supporters reached the police station after Yadav was arrested. Claiming that Yadav was falsely implicated, Tiwari alleged that police misbehaved with the relatives of the accused. His claim led to an argument with the policemen.
Demanding the arrests of two policemen, Tiwari and BJP supporters staged a demonstration outside the police station. The protest continued till late in the evening. Sub divisional magistrate BL Maurya and SP Manoj Kumar Jha reached the spot and tried to pacify the BJP supporters. Police personnel later asked the demonstrators to leave the police station gate.
However, the MLA refused to relent. According to BJP leaders, police resorted to a cane charge at this point. The mob retaliated by resorting to stone pelting. Later, police opened fire to disperse the BJP supporters, Dubey claimed.