A nine-day-old boy died in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad after police allegedly pushed him while being carried by his mother during a raid, an allegation that police have denied.
Late on Saturday,a police team raided the house of Rajeshwar Das at Godhar Kali busty on the outskirts of the city looking an accused in a clash between two groups at a coal dump in the neighbourhood, in which two persons had sustained bullet injuries, police said.
“Police had raided the house of Rajeshwar Das to arrest his son, Gopal, an accused in the group clash,” said Kenduadih police station chief Vijay Ranjan Kumar.
He denied that police had pushed the woman, saying that a police team had gone to the house looking Gopal.
Das, however, alleged that police pushed his daughter, Kalpana, who was carrying her son.
“Around midnight, police surrounded our house and asked us to open door. When we refused they broke the window and entered our house and started assaulting my son-in-laws-- Ashok Das and Vickey Ram,” Das told reporters.
“When my daughter, Kalpana protested, police pushed her and she fell on the floor. She was carrying her nine-day-old baby when she fell. The baby… died,” he said.
Das said police dragged both his son-in-laws out of house and took them to the Kendudih police station.
“…We took the boy to a doctor in the morning… who declared that the baby was brought dead.”
Residents came to know about the incident and started to demonstrate with body demanding action on the police and compensation for the family.
Meanwhile, Dhanbad MP PN Singh and Dhanbad MLA Raj Sinha met the family and consoled them.
After Singh and Sinha intervened, police released Ashok and Vickey.
Sinha has been sitting on a dharna outside the police station demanding that an FIR be filled against the police for killing the baby.