ANPUR: A dozen policemen were suspended and five of their colleagues were charged with murder after a 26-year-old Dalit man died in custody in Kanpur on Thursday, which triggered violent protests.
The suspect, Kamal Valmiki, was detained on Wednesday along with his alleged accomplice, Raju Mistri, for burglary, and kept at Ahirwan police station.
His sister, Rekha, found that he has died when he went to meet him at the station on Thursday afternoon. “He was subjected to third-degree torture, resulting in his death,” she alleged.
As news spread that a Dalit man has died of police brutality, people gheraoed the police station, demanding arrest of the culprits in uniform. Police resistance led to clashes.
The mob threw stones at policemen, tried to torch the station, and blocked traffic on national highway 2. Police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the crowd and restore traffic movement.
Co-accused Mistri is missing after Valmiki’s death.
Senior police officials said a case of murder was registered against the five constables who brought Valmiki in, while the entire staff of Ahirwan police station — sub-inspector Yogendra Solanki and 11 constables — were suspended.
Kanpur senior superintendent of police Shalabh Mathur said an investigation into the death has been ordered. A hunt was also launched to catch the fugitive prisoner.
(With inputs from PTI)