The police mask-checking exercise at a popular market in the town of Azamgarh, eastern Uttar Pradesh, angered local traders after one of them was taken from force by the police not to wear a mask. The authoritarian action of the officials yesterday led the merchants to gherao the local police station and some minor vandalism. The spirits did not calm down until after the high authorities ensured an investigation into the incident.
Videos of the incident show police attempting to get one of the traders away by stuffing him into a vehicle as he resisted. They see locals push back trying to intervene in the crowded market. The merchant, who was also reportedly assaulted by the cops, himself falls to the ground exhausted several times, calling for help, before being taken away.
Shopkeepers later gathered in front of the local police station and took him to gherao, demanding the man’s release and action against the alleged authoritarization of the police. Vandalism followed, with the windshields of police vehicles and other property damaged.
The case was finally settled after the administration promised an investigation.
“The incident took place following heated exchanges with a trader during a Covid protocol exercise. The trader was taken to the police station. Some antisocial elements joined with the traders who arrived there and raised slogans and created a ruckus, ”Azamgarh Police Superintendent Sudhir Kumar Singh said.
“We have settled things with the traders now. The police and the business community have always cooperated. Their complaint was registered and the trader (whose detention sparked anger) was subjected to medical tests,” M said. Singh.
The vandals will be identified through CCTV visuals and attacked, police said.
The incident took place the same day as another brutal incident in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, where a 35-year-old man was mercilessly beaten by two cops in full view of the public – before his minor son in tears. – for his face mask. slightly slippery.