Irked over biker’s death, mob sets police jeep ablaze

AURANGABAD: Agitated over the death of a motorcyclist in a road accident and refusal by policemen to rush the injured pillion rider to a local hospital, a group of residents set ablaze a police jeep at Haspura village in Aurangabad district on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said that one, Rakesh Sharma, with his friend, Rajiv Kumar, was on way to Daudnagar from Goh on his motorcycle. As the duo reached near Koelwa Mor at Haspura, a school bus carrying general passengers and coming from opposite direction, hit the motorcycle killing Rakesh on the spot and causing serious injuries to Rajiv. Agitated over the death of the youth, the locals blocked the road. The police reached the spot and tried to pacify the residents.

The agitated residents asked the policemen to send Rajiv to a local hospital either by the police vehicle or the school bus. When the policemen refused, a heated argument ensued between them.

Agitated over the policemen’s attitude, the locals pelted the policemen with stones and later set ablaze the police vehicle. As the news of torching of police vehicle spread in the locality, a host of officials including Daudnagar SDO Kamal Nayan, DSP Mohd Azhar Khan, Haspura BDO Om Prakash Pathak, Haspura police station SHO Ajay Kumar Sinha and Goh police station SHO Ashok Kumar reached the spot with additional reinforcements and pacified the agitated residents. The road blockade that continued for over two hours was later lifted by the residents.

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