Lucknow: A police officer has been accused of beating a jeweller to death in Uttar Pradesh`s Rampur district, police said Thursday.
Ram Kumar, 48, died Wednesday after police inspector Amar Singh allegedly repeatedly assaulted him with a wooden stick in Mistanganj locality.
According to police, Singh visited Ram Kumar`s residence in the Mistanganj locality to take the statement of his son, who was accused of hitting a local with his motorbike. On not finding the son, Singh got furious and brutally assaulted Ram Kumar, police said.
After Singh left the place, Ram Kumar was seen lying in a pool of blood and died of injuries before he could be taken to hospital.
"Preliminary inquiry indicates Amar Singh`s involvement in the death," Additional Superintendent of Police Shafeeq Ahmad told reporters in Rampur, some 250 km from Lucknow.
"He has been suspended and a detailed inquiry is under way to ascertain whether other policemen were also involved in assaulting the jeweller," he added.