Police kill driver for not paying ‘Holi gift’
BHOPAL: More than a 100 people, including politicians, on Sunday gheraoed residence of the Morena SP for an hour, demanding arrest of cops who allegedly beat a driver to death for refusing to give " Holi gift".
The protesters said the cops thrashed the driver, Acchay Singh Sikarwar, with lathis, kicked and punched him, breaking his ribs and inflicting injuries on his private parts.
The protesters said Sikawar was admitted to Morena district hospital. After his condition improved, Sikarwar went to the nearby SP office to lodge a complaint against the cops. But his condition worsened and he was shifted to Gwalior where he died on Saturday night, the protesters said.
The protesters alleged that the policemen demanded Rs 200 as "Holi gift" from Sikawar, the driver of a private bus which was operating illegally. The cops were angry after Sikarwar offered them Rs 50 saying "they were just constables and not an inspector to demand Rs 200".
The protesters called off their agitation after the Morena SP talked to them. SP Sanjay Kumar said, "I told them that the SDPO was probing the matter. I showed them the post-mortem report. The driver died of enlarged spleen. He was unwell for some time."