Montfort Police Unit in Chiradzulu has been closed indefinitely after villagers attacked the premises on Thursday, shattering glasses and damaged furniture.
Chiradzulu Police Station publicist Ralph Makondetsa confirmed the closure of the police unit.
The villagers claimed a cover-up of the death of a man found in Chisombezi River.
The law enforcers ordered the burial before an autopsy.
But the villagers from Mataka in Traditional Authority (T/A) Likoswe exhumed the body and dumped it at the police unit demanding an autopsy.
Makondetsa said police were not against the exhumation of the body rather wanted procedure to be followed.
“There is a procedure that is followed in order for the body to be exhumed. It (procedure) is long and takes time, but the villagers were not patient enough,” said Makondetsa.
Since Thursday, there have been tense moments in the area while anti-riot police guarded the premises.
But Makondetsa said a decision has been made to close the police unit because villagers do not appreciate the work of the law enforcers.
Recently, residents damaged Khama Police Unit in Blantyre when they mistook a police officer in civilian clothes as an ordinary person during a fight of police officers.
Villagers also damaged and set ablaze Mkanda Police Unit in Mchinji in reaction to alleged wrongful arrest of a member of the community suspected of keeping fuel illegally.