A group of cops in Uttar Pradesh have beaten up a disabled man to death due to a dispute over monetary issue. The incident took place on Monday. The deceased, identified as 44-year-old Vimal Kumar, was a vendor and ran a small street shop in Sadar area of Hathras town.
The police brutality caused anger amongst local residents, who staged protests by blocking Aligarh-Agra highway.
As per media reports, Kumar was at his mobile kiosk near a liquor shop on Monday night, when a police team led by one Ashish Yadav arrived there and picked up a fight with the disabled vendor.
According to Hathras Superintendent of Police (SP) Jai Prakash, Yadav was suspended from his post and an FIR was registered in the case. Prakash said that he had made a recommendation to District Magistrate Rama Shankar Maurya for a magisterial investigation into the matter. Maurya has reportedly announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for Kumar’s family.
A report by Hindustan Times said that Kumar was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Police said that efforts were on to identify the cops, who had accompanied Yadav on Monday night.
Kumar, who suffered from partial paralysis is survived by two children, an eight-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. He was a native of Nagla Bhoja and sold eggs to earn his living. Police launched the probe only after Kumar’s wife Pushpa Devi filed a complaint.