Seven police officers of Makrana block in Nagaur district were booked for murder on Friday in connection with the alleged custodial death of a 22-year-old man from Borawad town.
Akhilesh Gaur, the victim’s brother, filed a police complaint accusing additional SP Ramkumar Kaswa, deputy SP Amarjeet, SHO Tulsi Ram Prajapat and four constables from the police station of killing Vikas Gaur by subjecting him to third-degree torture during an interrogation in a murder case.
“Cases under various sections of the IPC, including Section 302, have been filed against the officials,” said additional district magistrate Chagan Lal. He said there was some delay in registering the case because the “matter of the custodial death and post-mortem was conducted under the supervision of judicial magistrate”.
Vikas’ family members said that his body was covered with bruises, and his vital organs bore serious injuries. “My son was picked up by the police though there was nothing linking him to the Lakkhi Khan murder case. I tried to meet my son but was not allowed to do so,” said Ram Kumar Gaur, the victim’s father.
Vikas and two others – Parvez and Khem Chand Nepali – were reportedly taken into custody on November 9 in connection with the murder of Lakkhi Khan, the owner of an educational institution in Borawad town. Khan was killed by unidentified persons on the night of October 23.
Meanwhile, inside sources said that the police had not entered Vikas’ detention into their log book. “This will certainly spell trouble for the accused officers because it is mandatory for the police to record every detail of their activities,” a police source said, adding that failure to do so amounts to illegal detention.
However, Nagaur SP Gaurav Srivastav had a different version to tell. “Vikas was called for interrogation in the murder case, and he gave us some important clues. He wasn’t tortured or beaten up. While returning from Jaipur, he started vomiting and was given immediate medical treatment. Later, he was referred to Ajmer, where he died after four hours of treatment,” he said.