Hyderabad, May 22. (IMI) Tension prevailed in the old quarters of the city Monday as people gave vent to their ire against police brutality that allegedly caused the death of a motorbike rider.
Stray incidents of violence were reported during the funeral procession of Syed Shareef, 25, who fell down from his bike and died when a policeman hit him with a baton for not wearing a helmet.
Angry protestors stoned policemen and attacked buses of state-owned transport corporation in the Aliabad neighborhood in the walled quarter.
Police swung into action to control the situation in the communally sensitive area. Later, Shareef's body was buried in a local graveyard.
The situation in the area continued to be tense and additional police forces were deployed in the area.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, the Muslim political party, also took to the streets to protest against the "repression" by traffic police. The party leaders staged a demonstration outside the office of the city police commissioner, demanding action against the guilty policeman.
The youth, riding a motorbike, was killed late Sunday evening in the busy Khairtabad neighborhood in the heart of the city, when he tried to escape from policemen, who had ordered him to stop as he was not wearing a helmet.
A police constable flung his baton, rattling the rider who crashed against a road divider and died on the spot while the pillion-rider, Mohammed Mohsin, 22, sustained serious head injuries.
According to eyewitnesses, the two policemen did not come to the rescue of the injured and ran into a nearby shop to escape the mob fury.
The death of Shareef, a car driver, has plunged his family into gloom. His pregnant wife fainted on hearing about the incident. The deceased also has a three-year-old daughter.
His family alleged that the police were responsible for his death and demanded that a case of murder be booked against the constable.
However, police registered a case under section 304-2 of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against constable Muralidhar on the complaint of Shareef's family.
Wearing a helmet, while riding a two-wheeler, was made compulsory last year by the traffic police.
This is not the first time that policemen have attacked riders for not following the rule. Two months ago, a constable had hit a rider with baton, causing bleeding injuries to his eye.