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Hit for saving girl from molester

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 16:18 IST

A shopkeeper was murdered when he tried to save a young girl who was teased and molested by some local goons. The rogues also tried to strip the girl publicly.

The incident occurred in the Cantonment area of Lucknow. Four goons who saw a girl passing by first taunted her and then made vulgar signs.

Not realizing, the girl slapped one of them. Thereafter, the goons tore her blouse and publicly pumped her bare breast. They troubled her till she started crying loudly.

The goons then tried to strip her. Unable to control himself, a shopkeeper named Shalik Yadav told the goons to stop troubling the girl or else he would call the police. He pounced upon one of them and bashed them.

The youths vanished at that time but came again with reinforcement of a gang of more than a dozen armed persons.

They destroyed Yadav's shop and bashed him with iron chain and rods. Shalik's head was smashed badly.

Soon, a crowd gathered outside Yadav's shop hurled brickbats at the goons. It literally turned into a gang war but the police did not reach the scene despite information.

Shalik succumbed to his injuries on the spot as a result of fatal beating. To cover up the lapse, Senior Superintendent of Police GK Goswami has placed sub-inspector Nagendra Singh and two cops under suspension on charge of dereliction of duty.