A 25-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by the family members of his girlfriend when he went to meet her overnight in Kherod village of Dhar district, police said on Tuesday.
The girl's family members reportedly beat up Arjun Singh in full public view for about 30 minutes and then took him to the Sadalpur police station on a motorcycle, some 10 km from Kherod village at around 3.30am.
The police, instead of rushing critically injured Singh to a hospital, wasted an hour before taking him for medical aid, the victim’s family alleged.
The police said they took Singh to a local hospital at around 4.30am, where the doctors declared him dead within minutes of arrival.
When questioned, Adesh Mishra, a sub inspector (SI) posted at the police station as to why Singh was not rushed to hospital as soon he was brought to the police station by the accused, initially feigned ignorance. "I don't know. I was on patrolling duty," was his terse reply.
When pressed for details the SI disclosed that the accused Rakesh, Sunil and Shayam had mercilessly beaten Singh and then reached police station to lodge a case of theft at around 3.30am.
"Police first lodged a case against Singh under 457 IPC but till then Singh's brother, Lal Singh reached the police station and alleged that his brother was targeted because he was in love with a girl of the accused family. Subsequently, police lodged a case against three under section 307 of IPC," Mishra told HT. "The police then understood the main issue and rushed Singh to the hospital," Mishra added.
"Police took Arjun to hospital at around 4.30am on Tuesday but the doctors after examination declared him dead," disclosed Mishra.
Senior police officials, however, denied there was any delay in taking the victim to the hospital. "I have not received any complaint of delay from the victim's family but since the matter is serious, I will definitely order a probe into the matter," said Superintendent of police (SP), Dhar, BS Chauhan.
"A case under section 302 of IPC has been registered and investigation is going on," Chauhan added.