Two days after a doctor was allegedly beaten to death over a land dispute in the Kotwali area of Sultanpur district, his family members cremated his body on Monday after the administration agreed to their demand. A senior police officer said. On Monday, an accused was arrested in connection with the murder and a cash reward of Rs 50,000 was also announced on the main accused. He told that in two separate incidents of murder in Kotwali Nagar area, the Kotwali city in-charge has been suspended due to poor functioning of the Kotwali police.
Earlier, on Sunday, the doctor’s family members had refused to perform the last rites of the body until the Chief Minister arrived at the spot and then put forward six-point demands. Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav, who reached Sultanpur on Monday, described the incident of beating of the doctor as tragic.
Taking a dig at the state government, he said, “When Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) people are involved in any incident, the key of Baba’s bulldozer gets lost.”
Yadav alleged, “I have come to know that the BJP leader’s family members have a hand in the doctor’s murder.” The victim’s family should get justice from the government within 24 hours.
After the written recommendation of six-point demands by District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur, the body was cremated at the pilgrimage site Dhopap Ghat. On this occasion, a crowd gathered to console the family members.
Superintendent of Police Somen Burma said that Jagdish Narayan Singh, accused in the doctor’s murder case, was taken into custody and presented in the court from where he was sent to jail. At the same time, a reward of Rs 50 thousand has been declared on the main accused Ajay Narayan Singh. The Superintendent of Police also said that the doctor’s wife Nisha has been provided police protection.
Kotwali city in-charge Ram Ashish Upadhyay has been suspended and investigation has been started for his indifference and laxity towards work in the advocate murder case and doctor murder case under Kotwali Nagar area.
Dr. Ghanshyam Tripathi, resident of Sakholi Kala of Lambhua Kotwali, was working in Jaisinghpur Community Health Center of the district.
After the post-mortem, when the body was brought to the doctor’s native village at around 3.30 pm on Sunday, people’s anger came to the fore. The family members were adamant on not cremating the body. Initially the demand of the people was to call the Chief Minister or the Deputy Chief Minister, but later they insisted on a job for the wife, Rs 1 crore compensation, possession of the land, bulldozing on the property of the accused and immediate arrest action.
Sources close to the victim’s family said that the District Magistrate approved and signed the six-point written demand letter of the doctor’s wife, only then the family members reached Dhopap Ghat for the cremation of the body. In the presence of public representatives, this consent letter was handed over to the doctor’s brother Radhekrishna.
A delegation of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) met the District Magistrate at his office and demanded justice for the victim’s family and strict action against the accused. The District Magistrate assured the delegation that the victim’s family would be helped in every possible way.
Superintendent of Police Burma had told reporters on Sunday that the doctor had purchased that land from the main accused in the murder case, Ajay Narayan Singh, and the accused were demanding money and were not giving the possession of the land to the doctor.
Officials said that the e-rickshaw driver who dropped the injured doctor to his home after the attack is also being interrogated. The doctor’s wife Nisha Tripathi had alleged that some people from Narayanpur killed her husband over a land dispute.