Kanpur Dalit youth death: Autopsy confirms injuries on the body

  • Haidar A Naqvi, Hindustan Times, Kanpur
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 01:40 IST
Agitators pelting stone at policemen in Chakeri area of Kanpur on August 5 following the death of a Dalit youth in police custody under suspicious circumstances. (HT Photo ))

The autopsy report of the Dalit youth, who died in police custody in Kanpur on Thursday, has confirmed injuries on his body.

The autopsy report showed 26-year-old Kamal Valmiki died of hanging but it also traced injuries on the right side of the body and the head.

Valmiki’s family had alleged that policemen tortured him to confess his involvement in a robbery case and then hung him to show the death as suicide.

Valmiki, was detained on Wednesday along with his alleged accomplice, Raju Mistri, for burglary, and kept at Ahirwan police station overnight.

His sister, Rekha found that he has died when she went to meet him at the station on Thursday afternoon.

On Friday, after much convincing and negotiations with the city administration, Valmiki’s family finally agreed to take the body for cremation.

Additional District Magistrate (City) Avinash Singh gave the family a cheque of Rs 7 lakh and assured them that investigation into the case would be fair and the policemen if involved in any wrongdoing would not be spared. 

The family and locals again took to the streets on Friday but the police quickly dispersed them using mild force in the morning and then again around noon.

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 — was suspended. 

Meanwhile, Raju Mistry, missing from the police post after the death of Kamal Valmiki, returned safe on Friday.

Mistry was found at house of a relative from where the police picked him and produced before the media after a proper medical examination at LLR hospital.

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