Candlelight vigil to protest death due to police harassment in Bhopal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 04, 2015 00:29 IST

Members of the Bhopal unit of National Student Union of India (NSUI) took out a candlelight march in Kolar on Saturday evening demanding action against four police officials for allegedly harassing an engineering student and allegedly driving him to commit suicide.

Ajay Khatarkar committed suicide on Friday by jumping before a speeding train.

The members of Congress’ student wing on Saturday alleged that the policemen had demanded bribe from the deceased and also threatened to escalate charges against him in a case lodged under Indian Penal Code section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means).

Family members of the deceased also took part in the candlelight march.

Talking to HT, NSUI leader, Rishabh Chauhan accused senior police officers of going soft on the police officials who harassed the Khatarkar.

“All four police officials should be suspended with immediate effect for harassing Khatarkar. Police should complete the probe as soon as possible,” Chauhan said.

Meanwhile, superintendent of police (SP) South Anshuman Singh told reporters that the probe had been handed over to the additional superintendent of police (ASP) Dileep Singh Tomar.

Tomar, however, maintained that he had not received any formal complaint from the family members of Khatarkar against any policemen whom they were accusing of demanding bribe.

“A fair probe will be conducted and action would be taken against policemen if they are found guilty,” said Tomar.

Khatarkar, a first year engineering student in a private college, was facing charges under Indian Penal Code section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means).

On Thursday the youth had left home saying he was going to meet a friend in Misrod. He was later found dead on Friday morning on the railway tracks near Gautam Nagar under Govindpura police station.

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