SP workers’ celebratory firing kills 11-yr-old in UP

  • S Raju, Hindustan Times, Meerut
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2016 00:42 IST
A party worker reloading his rifle during the celebration rally of a Samajwadi Party leader winning local polls. (ANI screengrab)

An 11-year-old boy was killed in celebratory firing, by alleged Samajwadi Party workers in Kairana town of Shamli on Sunday evening, leading chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to order the immediate removal of the area’s SDM and Deputy SP on Monday.

The incident triggered a massive protest by locals, who blocked the roads with the boy’s body for hours and staged a sit-in at the police station demanding immediate arrest of the accused.

On Monday, the police took three people in custody and launched a departmental enquiry against policemen who were on duty when the incident took place, said Shamli senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vijay Bhusan.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav went on a damage control mode, instructing chief secretary Alok Ranjan to immediately remove Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Deputy Superintendent of Police(SP) of Shamli and take disciplinary action against them. Moreover, a senior SP leader said MLA Nahid Hasan has been served a show-cause notice and the victorious block pramukh expelled from the party.

According to reports, the boy was returning home in an e-rickshaw, when he was shot at by a bullet fired allegedly by supporters of Samajwadi party candidate Nafeesa, who were celebrating her victory in the block pramukh election on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed out at the Samajawadi Party (SP)-led Government in Uttar Pradesh over the incident, saying that such things were bound to happen when a ‘party of goons’ is in power in the state.

Senior BJP leader and MP from Kairana, Hukum Singh said he would raise the issue in the upcoming Parliament session. “A complete goondaraj is prevailing in the state during the reign of Samajwadi Party. Their goons are leaving no opportunity to spread terror in the state and the police are under pressure to not take action.”

Supporters of Samajwadi Party MLA Nahid Hasan allegedly attacked the crew of a television news channel that had gone to report on the boy’s death. Taking serious note of the incident Akhilesh Yadav said, “the state government was committed for the freedom of press. Strict action would be taken against the elements who attack or threaten media persons”.

(With PTI inputs)

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