An­gry vil­lagers block D’shala-chandi­garh road for three hours

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

SHIMLA: A group of pro­test­ers from Una dis­trict’s Raipur Sa­hodha vil­lage staged a mid­night protest block­ing the Chandi­garh-dharamshala high­way for over three hours on Fri­day.

The vil­lagers-led by lo­cal leg­is­la­tor from Una, Sat­pal Raizada, were protest­ing against the death of a man who had been miss­ing for over two weeks.

A man in his early 20’s, Su­mit of Raipur Sa­hodha vil­lage, was found hang­ing on a tree at Kotla vil­lage on Fri­day evening. He had gone miss­ing from the vil­lage on Septem­ber 24.

Ag­i­tated over the death and po­lice in­ac­tion, the vil­lagers kept the dead body on the Dharamshala-chandi­garh high­way at Una town’s Red Light Square, block­ing the road from 10pm to 1am. They re­sorted to slo­ga­neer­ing and al­leged foul play in the death.

Re­al­is­ing the sit­u­a­tion go­ing out-of-con­trol, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice De­war Sharma along with other of­fi­cials reached the spot and paci­fied the protest­ing vil­lagers.

THE DE­CEASED HAD GONE MISS­ING ON SEPT 24 AND HIS BODY WAS FOUND HANG­ING ON A TREE ON FRI­DAY EVENING, VIL­LAGERS AL­LEGE FOUL PLAY

Po­lice said, on Septem­ber 24, Su­mit had left his vil­lage to meet his un­cle in Ban­gana. How­ever, af­ter reach­ing Ban­gana he left back for his vil­lage and went miss­ing af­ter that. Nikhil, younger brother of the de­ceased, had told po­lice that he spoke to Su­mit on Septem­ber 24, who in­formed him that due to heavy rain he would halt at his friend’s place in the night. How­ever, when Su­mit did not re­turn home on Septem­ber 25, his rel­a­tives launched a man­hunt to trace him.

Later, they had filed a miss­ing per­son com­plaint at the Una po­lice sta­tion.

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