VP singh, son of slain Ghazipur constable Suresh Vats I Photo credit: ANI  |  Photo Credit: ANI
Ghazipur, UP: The bereaved son of the slain constable Suresh Vats, 48, who was killed in a stone pelting incident in the Uttar Pradesh’ Ghazipur town on Sunday said the compensation provided by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath means nothing as it could not get his father back. He also slammed the state police for its failure to protect its own in face of violence. In UP, murder of Vats is the second such case within a month wherein a police officer was murdered in violent protests.
On December 3, police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead by protestors in the violence that ensued after cow carcasses were allegedly found strewn in a nearby forest in Bulandshahr. On December 27, an on-duty head costable Narayan Trivedi, 55, was shot dead by miscreants in Pratapgarh jail, killing him on the spot.
Nineteen people were arrested in connection with the murder of head constable Vats. He was returning from security duty at PM Narendra Modi’s rally in the town with one other cop when they ran into protestors belonging to Rashtriya Nishad Party demanding reservation. He was hit by a stone and died on the spot.
“Police cannot protect their own. What can we expect from them? What will we do with compensation now? Earlier, similar incidents took place in Bulandshahr and Pratapgarh,” Suresh Vats’ son VP Singh told the news agency ANI.
However, the president of the Nishad party blamed “BJP goons” and not their people who pelted stones at the cop. As many as 32 persons were named in the FIR registered in connection with the case and 60-70 unidentified persons were also named as accused.
'The death of Head Const. Suresh Pratap Singh Vats in Ghazipur in stone pelting is extremely tragic. So far 19 accused in 3 cases have been arrested, which include 11 in the case of murder. Strict action will be taken against those involved in violence," tweeted Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh.