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Youth peppered with bullets

A YOUTH was peppered with bullets in the daylight on Tuesday. Three days ago, victim had feared attempt on his life in a complaint to Kidwai Nagar police. The murder, obviously, ignited series of widespread protests with the people accusing the station officer, Deepa Singh, of being hand in glove with the killers. For them, had the SO taken prompt action on complaint of the victim Prashant Shukla three days ago, he would have been alive. Instead, they say, she tore apart the application and hounded him out.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 01:21 IST

A YOUTH was peppered with bullets in the daylight on Tuesday. Three days ago, victim had feared attempt on his life in a complaint to Kidwai Nagar police.
The murder, obviously, ignited series of widespread protests with the people accusing the station officer, Deepa Singh, of being hand in glove with the killers. For them, had the SO taken prompt action on complaint of the victim Prashant Shukla three days ago, he would have been alive. Instead, they say, she tore apart the application and hounded him out.

The mob put a sub office of death and birth registration afire and damaged a number of vehicles. The police detained 10 persons in this connection. The CO Babupurwa Asharam Yadav said attempt was being made to track down the criminals while denying that the victim had tendered any complaint to the local police.

According to reports, the victim Prashant, a worker at cloth shop in Generalgunj, was at loggerheads with the killers identified as Ram Kumar, Anil Valmiki and Ranjit for over a year. Prashant like many others in the vicinity were opposed to the accused run gymnasium, which they claimed was a brothel.

In view of the pressure exerted by the locals, Ram Kumar closed it down for a short period.

They opened the gym recently, which created nuisance in the area again. Prashant and his brother Naveen and Praveen led the locals in their campaign to browbeat Ram Kumar. Around four days ago, Ram Kumar attacked Prashant and Praveen, while they were returning home from their father’s paan shop at Site No 1.

Beaten black and blue, the brothers approached the SO Deepa Singh fearing attempt on their lives. The SO refused to entertain their complaint and behaved rather harshly. “She threw the complaint right in front of us telling that we were trying to implicate law-abiding citizens,” an infuriated Prashant said. “Our worst fear came true this morning,” he added.

Prashant was on way to his shop when the killers swarmed out from dingy lane and shot him repeatedly. He slumped to ground and the killers disappeared in a lane. As the news of his death spread, hundreds of people first attacked the house of an accused Anil and damaged his bike. Another group set death and birth registration office ablaze.

People finally blocked the traffic on the busy Nandlal Chauraha to Site No 1. Till late evening, the traffic blockade was continuing where as the police authorities have ordered an in house inquiry to ascertain the shoddy role of police.