A mob in Sawai Madhopur district turned its ire on station house officer Phool Mohammad and burnt him to death, provoked by the suicide of a person unhappy with alleged police indifference to a murder case.
Director general of police (DGP) Harish Chandra Meena said the SHO died when a vehicle he was in was set afire. More than 15 policemen received burn injuries.
The incident occurred at a spot 150 km from Jaipur.
He said more policemen, including two of inspector-general rank, were sent to the locality to control the situation.
Phool Mohammad, 45, was given charge of the police station a year ago.
A police team had gone to talk to Rajesh Meena and Banwari Lal Meena - student leaders who were demanding the arrests of those involved in killing a woman called Dakha Devi on February 25.
They had climbed on top of a water tank and Rajesh suddenly set himself on fire and jumped down. He died on the spot. Then the angry mob attacked the police party.
"The SHO and other policemen tried to take shelter in a police jeep when the mob set the vehicle on fire. While the SHO died, other policemen sustained injuries," the DGP said.
Reacting to the incident, former chief minister Vasundhara Raje said there was no law and order in the state.
The general secretary of the state unit of the BJP, Satish Poonia, said home minister Shanti Dhariwal was proving to be "inefficient" and chief minister Ashok Gehlot should reconsider whether he should continue with him.