Two Punjab cops booked after custodial death
Two police officers have been suspended and booked after a youth they had arrested committed 'suicide' at a police station in Punjab.india Updated: Aug 19, 2007 22:45 IST
Two police officers were suspended and booked after a youth they had arrested committed 'suicide' at a police station in Punjab.
Police had picked up the youth in Hoshiarpur district some days ago on charges of stealing a mobile phone.
Irked by the death of the youth, Mandeep Kumar, 26, in police custody, his relatives and local residents on Sunday protested against the police and blocked National Highway 1-A - the Jalandhar-Jammu highway - for nearly three hours at Dasuya town, 50 km from Hoshiarpur.
The police registered a case of abetment of suicide against the station house officer (SHO) and an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Dasuya police station. They were placed under suspension.
Though the youth's relatives said he was tortured to death after being accused of the theft of a mobile phone, the police said the youth committed suicide by touching a live electricity wire inside the lock-up.
A probe has been ordered into the incident.
Hundreds of cars, trucks and buses were stranded on both asides of the busy national highway after people blocked the road. They were demanding registration of a murder case against the police officials in whose custody the youth died and also their immediate arrest.
The blockade was lifted only after a case was registered against the police officials responsible for the death of the youth.