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Police raid ex-SP leader’s house in UP over death of 11-yr-old

Celebrations over a village committee post proved fatal with gunshots fired in the air struck a young boy and killed him.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2016 16:46 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times
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A party worker is seen reloading his rifle during the celebration rally of a Samajwadi Party leader winning local polls. (ANI screengrab)(ANI screengrab)

The house of an expelled Samajwadi Party leader was raided in a village in Uttar Pradesh to arrest five accused for the death of an 11-year-old on Monday night.

Celebrations on Sunday went awry when shots fired hit a child in an e-rickshaw. Party workers were celebrating party candidate Nafeesa’s win as the block development committee chairman (block pramukh).

Nafeesa’s husband Gayur, his brother Mumtaj, and three others were charged for the incident, and allegedly fired illegal country-made pistols during the celebrations.

The deputy inspector general of police, Saharanpur division, A K Raghav led the raid in the house and searched the village of Bhoora for over an hour, but was unable to find the accused.

Meanwhile, a case has also been registered against SP MLA Nahid Hasan and 25 supporters who allegedly attacked a TV news crew and held the cameraman hostage for hours, threatening him to delete footage of the incident.

Results to the party pramukh post were announced on Sunday, leading to a day of celebrations by party supporters.

Eleven-year-old Shami was returning home in the evening when he was shot. Though he was rushed to a hospital, he succumbed to his injury, leading to a public outrage in the village. Hundreds of people with Shami’s family blockaded the hospital and roads using his body, demanding justice. They were dispersed by the police, but not before Rs 5 lakh was promised as compensation to the family.

A protest was also staged at the Kairana police station till late Monday night, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.

First Published: Feb 09, 2016 12:22 IST