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Fleeing from policemen, thief hit by truck dies in Rajasthan, 2 cops suspended

An alleged custodial death of a suspected thief in Jaipur’s Chandwaji area triggered a protest on Saturday, prompting police to suspend two of their personnel

jaipur Updated: Oct 14, 2017 19:27 IST
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Hindustan Times
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The family of the deceased refused to take his body demanding a murder case be registered against the policemen. (HT File)

An alleged custodial death of a suspected thief in Jaipur’s Chandwaji area triggered a protest on Saturday, prompting police to suspend two of their personnel.

The family of Ajay Aluria, who died under mysterious circumstances in police custody on Friday, was protesting along with 100 locals in front of Chandwaji police station and even refused to accept his body.

“Policemen stationed at the Manpur Machedi outpost near Chandwaji had got information that a person named Ajay Aluria was involved in a matter of theft. Aluria had previous criminal record as three cases of theft were registered against him,” said Sheela Fogawat, circle officer, Jamvaramgarh.

She said on Friday, two cops of the outpost had rounded up Aluria and were taking him to the Chandwaji police station for questioning.

“On their way, Aluria said he wanted to cooperate and will tell them about the case and requested the cops to take him back to the outpost. When the policemen slowed the motorcycle, he managed to put them off balance and ran away,” said Fogawat.

Police said as he was running, Aluria was hit by a truck that was passing the national highway near Chandwaji.

“After recovering from the fall from the motorcycle, the policemen saw a grievously injured Aluria lying on the road after being hit by the truck and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he died two hours later,” said Fogawat.

She said following that a protest was staged by more than 100 people at the Chandwaji police station on Friday evening.

Police tried to reason with the protestors but they demanded that a case of murder be registered against the policemen and compensation along with government job be given to Aluria’s family members.

“The family members of Aluria gave us a written application and we have lodged a case of murder against head constable Makhan Lal, constable Ramavtar Yadav and another person from the outpost. Both the men have been suspended,” said the circle officer.

She said a magisterial enquiry has been initiated into the death of Aluria because it happened in police custody.

“His family members are yet to accept the body and that’s why the post-mortem couldn’t be done till now. Talks are going on with them about the terms of compensation and we are hoping to resolve the issue soon,” said Fogawat.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 19:27 IST