Violence erupted in Bhind on Sunday morning after the death of a 19-year-old youth in police custody at Umari police station, allegedly after he was tortured.
Police lobbed tear gas shells to quell protesters after angry villagers stopped traffic on Umari-Lahar road and hurled stones at policemen. At least six policemen were injured in the stone pelting, police said.
Rajjan Yadav, a labourer, was arrested in connection with a bike theft on Wednesday. He was found hanging inside the police lock-up on Saturday night. However, his family members claimed that Rajjan was tortured to death by the police.
Father accuses policemen of demanding Rs 15,000 for teen’s release
Avilakh Yadav, his father, claimed that Rajjan was beaten mercilessly by the policemen, which resulted in his death. He also accused policemen of demanding Rs 15,000 for his release.
“They did not allow me to meet my son and instead demanded Rs 15,000 for his release. I am a poor farmer and could not arrange the money,” Avilakh said.
Deceased hanged himself using cloth strips torn from a blanket: ASP
Additional superintendent of police Amrti Meena, however, told reporters that Rajjan hanged himself inside Umari police lock-up using cloth strips torn from a blanket that was provided to him. His body was handed over to his family members on Sunday after post-mortem, he said, adding that magisterial and departmental inquiries have been ordered into the incident.
Police station in-charge among 3 cops suspended
Bhind superintendent of police Navneet Bhasin also suspended Umari police station in-charge Rambabu Yadav, head constable Kamlesh Katare and an on-duty sentry after the incident.
Several custodial deaths have been reported in the state in the past few months. In February, a local BJP leader Atiq Ahmad, 30, died in police custody in Rewa. He was allegedly beaten black and blue by the policemen, which resulted in his death. Later, a case of murder was registered against Rewa Kotwali police station in-charge and five other cops. The station house officer was also suspended.
On December 19 last year, Pankaj Vaishnav, 24, died in police custody at MIG police station. MP high court Indore bench issued a notice to the home department on a petition in the issue.
Cops have no control over subordinates: Cong MLA
Congress legislator from Lahar, Govind Singh on Sunday claimed that police authorities had no control over their subordinates. Police detain poor people, implicate them in false charges and victimise them, he said.
The MLA demanded that police personnel be charged with murder and `10 lakh ex-gratia payment for Rajjan’s family.
Reacting to Singh’s accusations, inspector general of police of Chambal range, Umesh Joga said action will be initiated against the policemen only after inquiry.