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Custodial death: four cops surrender in P'kula court

chandigarh Updated: Nov 30, 2013 00:18 IST
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Four policemen, who were accused of killing a man in custody in 2008, surrendered in the district and sessions court in Panchkula on Friday.

The accused -- suspended CIA in-charge inspector Randhir, inspector Gurdial Singh and head constables Ajit Singh and Rajesh Kumar -- surrendered in court, where they were sent to judicial custody. There are four other accused in the case, as named by the CBI, who are still at large.

In 2008, a custodial death was reported from Rewari in Haryana after a man was arrested by the police in a robbery case.

Giving information, advocates SPS Parmar and Abhishek Rana said a robbery case came to light in 2005, following which an accused Vinod was arrested in 2008. The same year, he complained of being unwell and was taken to a hospital. It was then that another accused, Chhajju Ram who had helped Vinod, was arrested.

The police then took Chhajju Ram to the hospital, where Vinod claimed that Chhajju had helped him in procuring weapons to commit the crime. After hearing this, Chhajju collapsed and died on the spot. The doctors in the post-mortem report mentioned that he had died of heart attack. However, later Chhajju's wife Khillo Devi approached the Punjab and Haryana high court claiming that her husband had died of police torture.

The case was handed over to the CBI, which in 2009 said that as per Labh Sharma, the doctor at PGI, Rohtak, Chhajju had died of grievous injuries.

The CBI so far had been investigating the case and the police officials continued with their service. In 2011, the CBI filed a chargesheet and the accused in the case, despite notice, did not turn up for the hearings. They were later suspended and surrendered in court on Friday. December 1 has been fixed as the next date of hearing.