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Two constables among four charged with murder of UP meat trader

Mohammad Salim Quraishi succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS on Thursday, a week after he was allegedly assaulted by the accused in Baradari.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2018 12:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Mohammad Salim Quraishi , who owned a meat shop in Bareilly’s Baradari area, was reportedly detained by the two constables on June 14.(Representative Photo)

Bareilly police have registered a murder case against four people, including two constables who allegedly assaulted a meat merchant, resulting in his death a few days ago.

Senior superintendent of police Kalanidhi Naithani confirmed the development. “The family members of one Mohammad Salim Quraishi have submitted a complaint against two policemen and others, accusing them of murder. We have registered a case and initiated an investigation in this regard,” he said.

Quraishi, who owned a meat shop in Bareilly’s Baradari area, was reportedly detained by two policemen on June 14. It is alleged that the policemen took the victim to a banquet hall, where they beat him with sticks, among other weapons. The two then walked away, leaving him behind in a critical state.

Quraishi’s relatives found him the next day and rushed him to the local hospital. He was later transferred to AIIMS, where he succumbed on Thursday.

Naithani has already suspended the two constables – identified as Shripal Singh and Harishankar Munna – along with the police post in-charge. The reason for Quraishi’s detention is yet to be ascertained.

Local residents, including the meat merchant’s relatives and friends, staged a protest in Baradari after his death. The agitation was called off after senior police officers assured them that the accused will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

According to a complaint submitted by Quraishi’s family members, the husband of a local councillor was also involved in the crime. “Four people named by the complainants have been charged with murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections. The case is being investigated by the Baradari police,” the senior superintendent of police said.

Quraishi’s body was brought to Bareilly and later taken for a post-mortem examination. More charges may be added to the FIR after police receive the report.

First Published: Jun 23, 2018 12:06 IST