A man was dragged out of a police van and beaten to death on Tuesday by a crowd while he was in police custody in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district. The video of the incident that has gone viral on social media shows the police as a mere spectator when the man was being beaten.
In a minute-long video that surfaced on social media on Tuesday, the man and a police officer can be seen seated in the front-seat of Dial-100 van. The crowd repeatedly tries to pull the man out of the car, while a woman can be heard screaming at him. After a round of head slaps, the man was pulled out of the car and beaten to death, even as a police officer were sitting comfortably in the van.
Reacting to the video, Ajay Kumar, SP Shamli said that the man was not killed in police custody. However, as the officers had not informed the higher authorities and the police station, those involved in the incident have been suspended. He also said the man was drunk and trying to resist the police.
As per initial reports, the man was drunk and had a spat with a few villagers in Shamli’s Jhinjhana area. The villagers then beat him up and called the police. They continued to beat him, even as the police took him under arrest. The kin has also staged a protest over the death, demanding the arrest of those involved.