Two labourers were allegedly beaten to death by cops in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh for refusing to pay a Rs 100 bribe.
According to reports, police first claimed that the two youths, Dilip Yadav and Pankaj Yadav died after jumping into the pond when they attempted to flee from cops at a vehicle checkpoint on Friday morning.
However, an autopsy suggested that the labourers had succumbed to their injuries prior to drowning.
Angry protests ensued after villagers found their bodies floating in the water. Protesters, including members of the victims’ families, blocked roads and attacked several policemen.
An FIR was lodged by the deceased at the Ghiror police station, Pankaj’s cousin against police chowki in charge Udaiveer Singh, head constable Girish Chandra, constables Gaurab Singh and Vinay Gautam, homeguards Viresh Kumar and Ram Khilari and brick kiln owners Sunil Verma and Pramod Dube.
They have been charged under IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), Superintendent of Police Deo Ranjan said.
The SP, Devranjan Verma, who rushed to the site, had suspended four police personnel and wrote against the two home guards to their department head for action.