South Asia

Mob kills India police inspector

A policeman has been killed by a mob protesting at alleged police inaction in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Police say chief inspector Phool Mohammad was burnt alive by locals in Sawai Madhopur district about 160km (100 miles) south-east of Jaipur city.

They say the officer was attacked while investigating the death of a man who had jumped to his death in protest at the killing of a woman a month ago.

Locals are angry that the police have yet to make arrests in the case.

"Mr Mohammad was burnt alive by the agitated mob which torched his Jeep when he reached the spot where a man jumped from a water tank in the Mantown area in Sawai Madhopur," senior Rajasthan police officer Navdeep Singh told Doordarshan News.

A dozen policemen were also injured when the mob attacked them with stones, officials said.

Reports say two men had climbed the water tank and threatened to jump from it if the police did not arrest the killers of a woman in the neighbouring village of Sudwal.

The woman was murdered during a robbery at her home last month.

One of the men, Rajesh Meena, jumped and died.

Mr Singh said extra policemen had now been deployed in the area and the situation was tense.

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