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Police Unable to Protect Their Own: Son of Constable Slain in Ghazipur Mob Violence

This is the second incident in a month when an Uttar Pradesh cop has lost his life in an episode of mob violence.

A day after Police Constable Suresh Vats was brutally murdered in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, December 29, his son said that the police is not able to “protect their own”.

Speaking to ANI, the slain cop’s son VP Singh said: “Police is not being able to 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.” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs Rs 40 lakh to the wife and Rs 10 lakh to the parents of Vats.

Vats died on December 29 in Ghazipur in a stone-pelting incident. Speaking to the media, a police officer alleged that after completing their VIP duties — Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a rally in town earlier in the day — they went to a protest site where individuals belonging to the Nishad community pelted stones, bricks and sticks on them. In the incident, several other police officials were injured.

This is the second incident in a month when a Uttar Pradesh cop has lost his life in an episode of mob violence. On December 3 in Bulandshahr, violent protests broke out after carcasses of 25 cows were found in forests close to a police post. Right-wing protestors took to the streets and blocked a road. When the police tried to intervene, they resorted to stone-pelting, which in turn led to the police opening fire. During the violence, vehicles were also vandalised and set on fire by the mob. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead as he reportedly tried to contain the violence.

Taking note of the Bulandshahr incident, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah said, “The death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer,” that has since led to much controversy.

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