Hardoi (UP): A police team, which had gone to a village to arrest an accused in a criminal case, was beaten up by the villagers who mistook them for “dacoits”.

Villagers attacked and seriously injured members of a police team which went to Atwa Asi village on Thursday night to one Raja Singh, an accused in a case under the Harijan Act.

Led by in-charge of Kotwali Dehat police station, the team was severely beaten up, resulting in injuries to several policemen, sources said.

Raja’s son, Harikesh Bahadur Singh, an army personnel currently on leave, later said they “took the police party for dacoits and attacked them,” sources said.

Both Raja and Harikesh have been arrested, sources added.