A people’s organisation working for tribals and agricultural labourers on Thursday continued its protest against the alleged custodial death of a 51-year-old man in Barwani’s Chachariya area last month.
Adivasi Mukti Sangthan continued the demonstration in front of the Chachariya police post for a third day, demanding that either a case of murder be lodged against police officials or the identity of the guilty person revealed, its general secretary Gajanand Brahmane said.
The decomposed body of Rem Singh, a tribal, was found in a field on October 11, three days after police allegedly arrested him over a marital dispute following a complaint by his brother-in-law.
Brahmane, who had met Barwani’s superintendant of police Siddharth Bahuguna after the recovery of Singh’s body, alleged that police thrashed the victim at his home and took him to the police post where he was beaten up again.
Singh died of heavy beating, after which police dumped the body near Khurmabad, four kilometres from Chachariya, he alleged.
On October 12, just before the post-mortem was to be conducted, Singh’s kin had gathered at the hospital and prevented doctors from performing the autopsy. They demanded registration of a murder case against all the personnel posted at the police post and sought their immediate arrest.
It was only after SP Bahuguna suspended police post in-charge Prakash Rai and ordered a probe by SDOP Sendhwa Sunil Jolly, that the post-mortem was allowed.
District Congress president Sukhlal Pramar, who supported the demonstration on the first day, said: “Rem Singh died in police custody, and police should reveal that how it happened.”
The Barwani SP, however, said that according to the post-mortem report, there was no beating signs or wounds on Singh’s body. In the viscera report, it was found that he died due to excessive consumption of alcohol, the SP said, adding that the further investigation was still underway. Rai also denied the allegations, saying Singh had been released the same night.