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Masuri violence: Kin blame cops for deaths

india Updated: Oct 03, 2012 00:26 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Family members of the six people who died during the recent clashes with police at Masuri in Ghaziabad have formally lodged their complaints and most of them have pointed fingers at unidentified policemen as accused.

On September 14, a clash broke out between local residents and Masuri police on National Highway no. 24 after pages of a religious book were found defaced. Six people were killed and scores of policemen were injured in the clash.

Masuri station officer AP Singh said three more complaints were received on Monday from the families of those who died. “Most of the families have blamed unidentified policemen for the deaths of their kin. All complaints will be investigated collectively,” Singh added.

Six people, including five teenagers, were killed during the violence that erupted after recovery of defaced pages of a religious book at Adhyatmik Nagar railway halt at Dasna on September 14.

Police had to open fire after a mob of 4,000-5,000 people gathered at Masuri police station and set the barracks and dozens of vehicles on fire. They also tried to set afire 25 policemen and civilians who were trapped inside the police station.

In their FIR lodged into the incident, police had claimed that they fired five shots to disperse the mob.

A day later, six dead bodies were recovered. While two of those killed died of excessive bleeding due to lacerated wounds, four others were stated to have suffered bullet-injuries with some having ‘blackening’ and ‘tattooing’ effect over their wounds. This suggests that they were shot from a close range.