MATHURA: Superintendent of Police (city) Mukul Dwivedi was reportedly deserted by his fellow policemen as he advanced towards the Jawahar Bagh premises on Thursday evening.
Finding him alone, a group of protesters attacked him with sticks on the head and broke his skull within seconds, besides inflicting other injures on him.
Dwivedi was later taken to Nayati Hospital in Mathura but it was too late.
Talking to HT, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dr Rakesh Singh said the postmortem report revealed Dwivedi’s death was caused due to skull injury.
The postmortem report said many of Dwivedi’s skull bones were damaged, leading to his death, Singh said.
Singh said a probe had been ordered to find out whether the accompanying policemen deserted the SP and escaped. “Circle officer Chakrapani Tripathi will conduct the probe to find out what was the role played by those along with Dwivedi when he was attacked,” Singh said.
“If anyone is found guilty, action would be taken against them,” he said.
Dwivedi was leading a team which had gone inside Jawahar Bagh on Thursday evening to assess the situation for the operation to be conducted later.
However, the protesters inside targeted Dwivedi, who after being struck by a stone, fell down.
Sources revealed that there were about half-a-dozen policemen in the team accompanying Dwivedi and two of them had AK 47s with them and said they could have easily taken on the attackers.
Santosh Yadav, station house officer, was also killed in the violence.
Meanwhile, SSP Deepak Kumar said that the police personnel of Muzaffarnagar district had decided to give their one day salary, amounting to ` 24.50 lakh, to the families of the two police officers killed in the clash.