A youth was killed late on Sunday after being allegedly thrown before a speeding truck for protesting a gambling and drinking binge outside his Idgah Road home.
Lalit Prakash’s family alleged that three men caught hold of the 25-year-old and threw him before the truck after he protested against their drinking and gambling outside his Loni home. Gambling, drinking and drug abuse by truck drivers are rampant in the area, his family has alleged.
“After he objected to what the men were doing, he was beaten up. A man called Hansraj caught him and threw him before Devraj’s speeding truck. Gambling and drinking are common in the area and police are hand in glove with criminals,” the deceased’s elder brother, Pankaj, alleged. The incident took place around 10.30pm on Sunday.
Prakash, who was studying for a bachelor’s degree and working as a disc jockey, died on the spot. His family has lodged a case of murder at the Loni police station against six men under Sections 302 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code. Two of the accused, Raj Bahadur and Ram Keshi, have been arrested.
However, senior police officers claimed that Prakash’s death was an accident. Some residents and a group of truck drivers had clashed when one of the truckers tried to get away with his vehicle. Prakash was run over by the fleeing truck, the officers say. They added that stones were hurled during the clash.Despite these claims, the police have registered a case of murder. "It seems to be a case of accident but we have lodged an FIR under sections of murder as per the complaint forwarded by the victim’s family. We have ordered inquiries into the gambling complaints and investigations are underway in the case," senior superintendent of police Raghubir Lal said.