Police book 36 in rioting case after Dalit man’s mysterious death in U’khand’s Roorkee village
ROORKEE: Police have booked as many as 36 people, including the village head, in connection with rioting that occurred following the alleged mysterious death of a Dalit man named Pankaj on June 11 in Belda village near Roorkee.
According to reports, Pankaj, a member of the village’s Dalit community, was returning to the village on his bike when he collided with a tractor-trolley parked on roadside, resulting in his death. The victim’s body was found on June 12 after which villagers began protesting alleging he was murdered. Police maintained that it was a road accident. Sachin Rod, the village head and community member of the tractor-trolley’s owner, along with 35 villagers under IPC sections including rioting, thrashing, and dacoity. Swapn Kishore Singh, SP, Rural, told TOI, “We have pressed many teams for the early arrest of accused persons and we are continuously raiding their hideouts.” On Thursday, Uttarakhand’s leader of opposition, Yashpal Arya, demanded a high level judicial enquiry under the supervision of chief justice of Uttarakhand and immediate removal of the concerned SSP from Haridwar.
Courtesy : TOI
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