HC seeks report on murder of retired police officer

Lucknow: Taking a grim view of the daylight killing of a retired police sub-inspector, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday sought a response on the crime and asked the Uttar Pradesh Police what action had been taken so far.

The court also asked the police to report to it by Wednesday on why no arrest had been made despite evidence in form of CCTV footage.

The 68-year-old retired officer, Abdul Samad, was on Monday killed by a criminal of Allahabad in Teliyarganj Silakhana area over a property dispute.

In the CCTV footage, the policeman can be seen being mercilessly beaten with iron rods and pipes by a criminal, Junaid, and two of his accomplices.

The criminal overpowered the retired policeman behind the women’s polytechnic and attacked him, apparently angry over a property dispute in which he had lodged a case against Junaid.

Police have lodged a case of murder against Junaid and ten others. The policeman was admitted to a medical facility on Monday evening with multiple fractures and concussions and he died at night.

While many passersby were seen in the CCTV footage passing by, no one tried to stop the attackers.

Superintendent of Police Brijesh Kumar Srivastava said a manhunt had been launched to arrest the assailants and that the guilty would not be spared.