Man held for molestation found hanging at Delhi’s Karawal Nagar police station
Police said the man, identified by his single name, Deepak, committed suicide. His family members have alleged that he was tortured and then murdered by the police personnel.delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2018 21:49 IST
A 19-year-old man, arrested on Monday for allegedly molesting and threatening a minor girl, died in police custody at the Karawal Nagar police station on Tuesday morning. He was found hanging from an iron rod in the ceiling of the interrogation room around 10 am.
Police said the man, identified by his single name, Deepak, committed suicide. His family members have alleged that he was tortured and then murdered by the police personnel because they failed to give them R 30,000 for letting him off. They alleged that the body was hanged to make it look like a case of suicide.
Ajit Kumar Singla, deputy commissioner of police (northeast), however, refuted the allegations, saying Deepak was alone in the interrogation room when he hanged himself. He said negligence on the part of some staff from the police station led to the incident.
“The police staff were supposed to keep the arrested man in the lock-up of the Khajoori Khas police station because the Karawal Nagar police station did not have one. Four policemen have been suspended while an inspector, who was in-charge of the police station in the absence of the station house officer (SHO), has been sent to the district line,” said Singla.
According to police, Deepak was arrested from Karawal Nagar area in a sexual harassment case that was filed against him by a minor girl in July last year. The girl, in her complaint, accused Deepak of molesting, threatening and outraging her modesty. A case was registered but Deepak went untraceable.
“A non-bailable warrant was also issued against Deepak. He was arrested on Monday on a tip-off,” said Singla, adding Deepak was previously involved in two theft and assault cases.
Deepak’s uncle, Shyam Sunder, however, claimed that his nephew was arrested from Karkardooma Court where they had gone to attend the court proceedings in Deepak’s previous case. “The policemen took Deepak to the police station and asked me to arrange R30,000 for his release. When I showed my helplessness in arranging the amount, they threatened to arrest Deepak in the case,” said Sunder.
Deepak was to be produced before a city court on Tuesday afternoon. The interrogating officers left him alone in the room and went out. In the meantime, he hanged himself using a shawl he was carrying, said police. A constable saw him hanging and raised an alarm. Deepak was rushed to Teg Bahadur hospital but was declared brought dead.
DCP Singla said a judicial probe has been initiated in the matter. Police have also requested the Delhi government to constitute a panel of doctors to conduct the autopsy.
Deepak lived with his uncle and his family members. His mother expired when he was just one year old. Deepak’s father Deen Dayal works as a bus conductor in Kota, Rajasthan.