A 23-year-old woman who was allegedly beaten up by officers of Daighar police station succumbed to her injuries at Kalwa’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital on Wednesday morning.
Parveen Akhtar Sheikh’s family alleged that she had to be hospitalised after the policemen beat her up on Friday.
The Thane police have handed over the case to the state CID and have also suspended a police constable.
On Friday afternoon, Daighar policemen came to Akhtar’s house in Bholenathnagar, Kausa. “They said our neighbour, Ashok Singh, had complained that she stole 12 tola gold and cash from him,” said Heena, Akhtar’s younger sister. “My sister was in Kurla, so they took my brother to the police station. Two policemen stayed back.
“On her return, they told her to return the gold. When she refused to confess to the crime, one of them said tujhe picture dikhata hoon (I’ll show you a movie) and took her to the station,” said Heena, adding that there was no woman constable present at the time.
The deceased’s brother, Mohammed Azhar, 25, said he was kept at the police station for more than five hours. He said: “My sister was taken to a separate room. Policemen in civilian clothes beat us with belts. She told me she was beaten on her back, head and hands. We were allowed to leave around 6pm after our neighbour retracted the complaint.”
“Though I don’t know the name of the policeman who beat her, I can identify him. I want him to be suspended and punished for my sister’s death,” Azhar said.
Parveen, a school dropout, is survived by her mother, four brothers, and four sisters.
The situation at Daighar was tense as the police had not filed a complaint against its officers. “Prima facie, we learned that there was high-handedness on the part of a junior officer. Further investigation will be carried out by the CID,” said SPS Yadav, Thane police commissioner.
Deputy commissioner of police (zone 1) Dattatray Mandlik said: “We have suspended police constable Jaykar Balwant Jadhav so that an impartial inquiry can be carried out.”