A magisterial probe has been ordered into the “custodial death” of a 21-year old rickshaw puller at the Vallah police post in Amritsar even as the four cops booked in the case are on the run.
The rickshaw puller, identified as Kinka, a resident of Maqboolpura, was found dead inside the police station on Sunday, a day after he was brought to the police post by a person, who claimed that the youngster had stolen his mobile phone.
While police claimed it was a case of suicide, the parents of the deceased alleged that Kinka died due to “police torture.”
Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh on Monday said a magisterial probe had been ordered in accordance with the demand of the deceased’s family. No time frame for submitting the inquiry report has been finalised yet as the accused are on the run and their statements have to be recorded by the magistrate.
Station in-charge Manjit Singh, munshi Jagjit Singh, constable Rachpal Singh and the sentry who was on duty on that day have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder) and 34.
The case was registered as the police commissioner acknowledged that there was negligence on the part of cops as the death of the rickshaw puller took place while he was in the police custody. Moreover, the victim was kept at the chowki for around 24 hours without even a case being registered against him. Aulakh told the family members of the victim that the accused cops would be arrested soon.
Kin hold protest, block traffic
Kinka’s relatives and some residents of the Maqboolpura area staged a dharna on the Majitha road demanding the arrest of guilty cops. Congress leader Manjit Singh Manna and BSP leader Ravinder Hans also joined the protesters.
They blocked traffic for almost an hour and shouted slogans against Punjab Police. Manna said the government should immediately announce a compensation for family members of the deceased. He demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the family as well as a government job for a family member.
The protesters marched with the body to the civil hospital where the autopsy was conducted in the presence of a judicial magistrate. The report is yet to be finalised. Later, the body was cremated by family members.