the man was on his way home when four men confronted him.
An Indian father was shot dead by several assailants on motorbikes on Monday, February 10, 2020. The incident happened in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh.
The victim had been on his way home from a market when four people confronted him and shot him dead.
The attackers soon fled the scene. Witnesses rushed the man to hospital, however, doctors declared him dead.
The man was the father of a rape victim and it was reported that he was murdered by the accused Achaman Upadhyay.
A case was registered against Upadhyay in November 2019 for kidnapping and raping the girl. Her father had made the complaint.
After filing the case, it was alleged that Upadhyay began pressuring the family to withdraw the case.
A few days before the murder, the suspect phoned the rape victim’s mother, threatening to kill her husband if the case was not withdrawn before February 10, 2020.
According to the murder victim’s family, the police did not take action despite the numerous threats.
The police denied the allegations of inaction, however, on February 11, Superintendent Sachindra Patel suspended two station house officers for dereliction of duty.
A sub-inspector was also suspended for “not informing” senior officers about the threats received by the victim’s family.
Following the murder of the Indian father, an FIR was registered against Upadhyay and three unidentified accomplices.
A Rs. 50,000 (£540) reward has been offered to those who provide information which leads to Upadhyay’s arrest.
One relative explained that the man was on his way home when four men confronted him. Upadhyay allegedly fired at the victim before fleeing.
Family members have been protesting outside the hospital demanding justice and alleging police inaction.
The police promised that action will be taken against the suspects and the negligent officers.
One relative claimed that Upadhyay had been seen in the area, but the police failed to locate and arrest him.
SP Patel said: “As the accused was on the run, we got his property attached after obtaining a court order.
“We had earlier announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information leading to his arrest.”
When the rape case was filed, the man stated that Upadhyay had raped his daughter. He went on to say that he gagged her with a scarf to stop her screaming.
An FIR under the charges of rape, attempted murder and kidnapping. Police also invoked cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO).
One officer said: “When the accused was absconding, police attached his property after obtaining permission from a court in November. A charge sheet against him was also filed last year.
Upadhyay and the other suspects remain on the run. Efforts are being made to arrest them.