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When asked to pay for a cigarette, Uttarakhand policeman kills shop owner

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A police officer killed a 28-year-old cigarette store owner by crushing him under his car, enraged that the man had asked him to pay for the cigarette he bought. The incident took place on Wednesday in the Bazpur area of ​​the Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand.

The cigarette seller, identified as Guarav Rohella, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Following the incident, Rohella’s relatives and a large number of local residents gathered at the Bazpur police station with his body, demanding action against the bailiff, who fled after committing the crime.

“In the initial investigation it was discovered that the incident occurred around 10:30 pm when the accused police officer Praveen Kumar, his brother-in-law Jivan Kumar and another person, Gaurav Rathore, arrived at Rohella’s store in their car,” he said. Dipshikha Agarwal. , circle officer, Bazpur.

“There they asked him for a cigarette that he gave them. When they started leaving without payment, Rohella asked Praveen to pay for the cigarette that angered him. He along with his two accomplices began to abuse him, which resulted in a heated argument between the three defendants and Rohella and her brother Ajay, who was also present at the store. That’s when Praveen started his car and smashed it under him, ”added Agarwal.

Agarwal said police arrested the three men Thursday morning. They were prosecuted for murder, intentional insult and criminal intimidation under sections 302, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint filed by Rohella’s brother Ajay. .

Uttarakhand Police Director General Ashok Kumars said he had taken note of the case seriously and ordered the district police to crack down on the three men.

“No defendant would be spared in the case and strict action would be taken against them. I appeal to everyone not to disturb law and order, ”said Kumar.

Hindustan Times

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