Failing to get any positive response from Khargone police, family members of a 40-year-old person who was allegedly beaten to death by three policemen have decided to lodge a private complaint in the court to get justice.
The incident occurred on October 24, when the victim, Saddu Singh, and his son Badam Singh, residents of Bamnala village, were returning from Diwali village haat.
Badam informed the villagers that three policemen, one in uniform, identified as Pandhari Yadav, and two others in plain clothes, intercepted them at the outskirt of Bamnala village and demanded Rs 1,000 from them. When his father failed to fulfil their demands and paid them only Rs 200, they bashed him mercilessly.
Saddu developed severe chest pain after the beating and was rushed to a private hospital at Bhikangaon. He died midway. After the incident, agitated villagers and family members of Saddu also registered an FIR against a policeman Yadav and two others. But even after 10 days, no action has been taken into the matter.
"Top police officials are trying to save their juniors who were involved in the crime and even they did not bother to take statement of Badam, the sole witness who was present at the spot when trio bashed Saddu," the victim's family members said. "We even send reminder to the superintendent of police office, but police paid no heed to our grievance," they added.
"After we failed to get justice from police, the only way is to lodge a private complaint with the court against guilty policemen," Saddu's family members said.
Meanwhile, Khargone SP Amit Singh said in Saddu's post-mortem report it was found that he was suffering from tuberculosis and his left lung was highly infected of disease.
Because of this, he may have suffered a severe attack. Singh said that since the complaint is registered against police department, the matter was referred to the district magistrate for investigation.