Taking serious note of the death of a BJP party worker in a clash with police in Narhi area, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended a district magistrate and a superintendent of police for alleged dereliction of duty.
“Ballia district magistrate Rakesh Kumar and SP MK Jha were suspended by the government late yesterday (Saturday) night,” an official spokesperson said.
The trouble started after five cows were recovered from a vehicle on Friday during a routine checking, and an FIR was registered against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Chandrama Yadav and another person.
BJP MLA Upendra Tiwari and his supporters, including Yadav, staged a dharna in front of the Narahi police station to protest against he booking, police said.
Efforts were made to pacify the legislator and his supporters but they did not relent, and started pelting stones when police tried to evict them.
In response, police lobbed teargas shells and fired rubber bullets to disperse the irate crowd.
District BJP chief Vinod Dubey alleged that the police baton-charged and opened fire at the party workers, leading to the death of BJP worker Vinod Rai, 38, besides leaving 50 injured.
Another FIR has been registered against 43 named and 300-400 unnamed persons in the incident, the spokesperson said.
Also booked are Ballia ADM Bache Lal Maurya, and 11 police officers, including Narahi station officer Rajesh Yadav, on the complaint of BJP worker Gopal Rai, he said.
Sub-Inspector at Nahari police station Rajesh Yadav was earlier put under suspension, he said.
Heavy police force was deployed to bring the situation under control and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.