Bahraich: A team of policemen had to be rescued by colleagues after they were held hostage by irate locals who prevented them from making an arrest in a murder case in the district`s Barae Bilasa village, police said Wednesday.
Villagers pelted stones at the police team led by Galla Mandi chowki in-charge Radhey Shyam Dwivedi before holding them hostage when they arrived at the village last night to arrest the murder accused.
Superintendent of Police Vinay Kumar Yadav said a quick response team from adjoining police stations and the PAC had to be rushed to the village to control the situation and secure the trapped policemen`s release.
He said that the body of one Shabbey of Barae Bilasa was found in the Dargah police station area in January with authorities suspecting the role of the deceased`s brother, the person whose arrest was opposed yesterday by the villagers.
Yadav added that the events of last night had led to the suspension of two officers? chowki in-charge Dwivedi and Dargah police station house officer, Ved Prakash Srivastava, the investigating officer in the said murder case who reportedly fled after being told of the villagers` protest.