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Ghaziabad: SHO, seven others suspended for cremating man as ‘unidentified’

A 24-year-old Ghaziabad man in ‘police contact’ was cremated as unidentified by the Sahibabad police despite a missing person complaint filed for him in the same police station

noida Updated: Jul 22, 2017 23:16 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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The family of the victim, Mandeep Singh Negi, is not satisfied with the suspension and said they will fight for justice in his case.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Senior police officials on Saturday suspended eight policemen from the Sahibabad police station. The action comes around 12 days after a 24-year-old man died under suspicious circumstances in ‘police contact’ and was cremated, after being categorised unidentified, by officials of the police station.

Those suspended are station house officer (SHO) Sudhir Kumar Tyagi, senior sub-inspector Akhilesh Gaur, sub-inspectors Neeraj Tyagi and Gajendra Singh and constables Prem Singh, Rahul Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar and Atul Kumar. They were suspended by Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police (SSP), HN Singh.

“The officers and personnel were suspended for showing laxity as they cremated the body as unidentified even though a missing complaint was lodged by his family at the same police station. The family has not alleged torture or custodial death in the case,” said Singh.

However, victim Mandeep Singh Negi’s family said they will fight for justice and suspension is not the solution in the case.

“We suspect that Mandeep was beaten in police custody and later his health deteriorated. He was admitted to a private hospital where his name was registered as ‘Negi’ but the police later took him to the district government hospital where he was admitted as unidentified. We are yet to get an answer to why the police did this,” said Girish Negi, the victim’s father.

“I will take recourse to all legal action. The entire case and circumstances leading to my son’s death need to be investigated. He was the only earning member of our family,” he added.

On the night of July 9, Mandeep was nabbed by some locals on suspicion of theft and handed over to the police. Some young men dialled the police emergency number and sought police help. Their role is also under the scanner as police suspect they beat up Negi.

He was admitted to two hospitals and died in the second one on the morning of July 10. His family approached Sahibabad police, but were told to bring a larger photograph of him, which they did on July 12. A day later, the police cremated him as unidentified.

Following complaints, district officials initiated an inquiry to be conducted by the circle officer of the same police station. However, with the intervention of senior state officials, an independent inquiry was ordered, which is being conducted by Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (rural), Meerut. He has been a former SP (traffic) with the Ghaziabad police and was recently transferred to Meerut.

Official sources said the inquiry is focusing on laxity of officers and personnel in cremating Negi’s body as unidentified. Kumar said the report is finalised and will be sent to state officials soon.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 23:16 IST