Fake currency racket accused dies in custody, probe ordered
A 47-year-old man, arrested on the charge of involvement in a fake currency racket, died in police custody, sparking protests by locals who alleged that he was tortured to death.india Updated: Sep 06, 2009 22:12 IST
A 47-year-old man, arrested on the charge of involvement in a fake currency racket, died in police custody, sparking protests by locals who alleged that he was tortured to death.
A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the alleged custodial death of Roor Singh, who police claimed was arrested along with his two aides on Saturday from village Nurpur Lubana and counterfeit currency with face value of Rs 92,700 recovered from their possession.
DSP Bholath Mohinder Singh said the three were taken to police station Dhilwan and at about 10.45 PM, Roor complained of chest pain after which he was taken to a hospital at Beas where he died. Police suspect that he died due to cardiac arrest.
However, over 500 villagers blocked traffic on Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway at Dhilwan Bus stand this afternoon and placed Roor's body on the road demanding registration of murder case against Dhilwan SHO Gurmakh Singh and other police officials.
The villagers alleged that Roor was framed in a fake case after being picked up by police on September 4 from the village fair and was tortured to death.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary has directed Kapurthala SDM Tanu Kashyap to conduct an inquiry.
A three-member team of doctors of local civil hospital on Sunday conducted the post mortem.
One of the doctors who conducted the post mortem said the body bore no external injuries and the exact cause of death could be ascertained only after they receive the viscera report.