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Pregnant woman dies during illicit liquor raid, villagers say cops pushed her

Villagers alleged that police thought the woman was hiding liquor around her belly and pushed her while trying to nab her that led to her death.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2017 16:42 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Ruchi Rawat died during a police raid against illicit liquor in Barabanki. (ANI Twitter)

A pregnant woman died under mysterious circumstances when police carried out a raid in Manpur Makohia village in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki as part of a drive against illicit liquor, residents have alleged.

Superintendent of police Anil Kumar Singh said on Monday the raid was carried out in the village Sunday night as a part of drive against illicit liquor and three people were arrested from different houses and illicit liquor was seized.

Ruchi Rawat (22), who was around eight months pregnant, died during the raid after being allegedly pushed by police, villagers said.

However, according to police, the raid was not carried out at the residence of the woman.

The villagers alleged that police thought the woman was hiding liquor around her belly and pushed her while trying to nab her leading to her death.

Family members of the deceased have not lodged any police complaint yet.

The SP said circle officer Ramsanehi Ghat has been sent to the village to conduct an inquiry and warned of stern action if any policeman is found responsible for the woman’s death.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 16:41 IST