Mumbai: Cops threatened to hit me, tortured my husband, says victim’s daughter

  • Aritra Hazra and Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2015 22:32 IST

When the Malwani police arrested her 22-year-old husband for allegedly committing burglary, his wife Heena Kale, who is expecting a child, did not expect the matter to end with her father’s death. Kale’s father Hari Chavan was found dead at the Malwani police station on Thursday morning. Police officers say he committed suicide.

Chavan’s family is now worried about breaking the news to his wife. Around 5 am, six officials barged into Chavan’s Ambhujwadi residence, where he stayed with his wife Sahela, 45. “When the police were taking my father away, one of the men pushed my mother and she fainted. She is recuperating in hospital,” said Amit, Chavan’s son.

An hour before Chavan was taken away by the police for questioning, a team of six policemen barged into Heena’s residence, where she stays with her husband Saipan Kale. According to cops, Kale arrested for burglary around 12.30 am on Thursday. “One of the cops picked up a wooden stick and threatened to hit me. They searched my cupboard, demanding to know where stolen valuables were hidden,” said Heena, outside the police station. “There was no woman officer or constable along with the men.”

Heena also alleged the police had kept her husband in the police station since Tuesday, and had tortured him. “They kept asking him about my father, but my husband did not disclose his location until they began torturing him for information,” she said.

Learning that the police had taken away her father on Thursday, Heena rushed to the police station , only to find his body hanging from the grille of the station’s interrogation room on the first floor of the police station.

Soon, the otherwise quiet locality turned into a protest ground, as locals demanded punishment for the police officers on duty.

DCP Balsingh Rajput said, “The crime branch will be investigating the matter now, and taking the statements of the detection staff and the victim’s family member. The local police has no say in the matter.”

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