Two men died on Wednesday allegedly by drowning in Betwa river in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district while trying to escape a police raid. The incident happened when a police team in Hamirpur raided an area where illegal gambling was going on.
Five alleged gamblers tried to flee during the raid and jumped in the Betwa river and later two of them drowned, officials said. The news about the death of the two men created tensions in the area, following which an inspector and five other policemen were suspended.
According to the information provided by Hamirpur police, a group of local men on Wednesday afternoon were gambling in the Khalepur Muhal area of the district. Local police from its sources received the information about the illegal gambling going on in the area and decided to raid it.
During the raid, the policemen nabbed four men from the spot, while five others tried to escape and jumped in the Betwa river, which was flowing nearby. Israr and Amit, who were among the men who jumped in the river, drowned and died.
When the family members of the two men received information about their sudden death they gathered a few locals and started protesting in front of the police station. They claimed that deceased duo had taken their cattle to graze in the area where the police conducted the raid on Wednesday.
In no time, senior police and administration officials reached the spot and tried to calm the agitating crowd. The family members were assured that their doubts about foul play in the shocking death of the two men would be thoroughly investigated. The situation finally came under control when a inspector and five policemen were suspended by senior officials and monetary help for the family members of the deceased was announced.