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State sets up high level panel to curb menace of custodial deaths

Sanjeev Kumar, additional director general of police, CID, confirmed that the two will be questioned in the case

pune Updated: Nov 17, 2017 17:53 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune


Taking a serious note of the custodial death of a 28-year-old accused in Sangli recently, the state government has announced the appointment of a high level committee to suggest measures to curb the menace. The committee will suggest the measures to fix the responsibility of the safety of the accused at police stations and reforms in the police approach towards citizens.

“The safety of the accused in the custody of police in course of investigation should not be left to the investigation officer alone. The policy will be framed in such a manner that all the officials and the commanding officers will be held responsible for any such death. Maharashtra has successfully reduced the number of custodial deaths to 15 from 36 a year in the past. We want the number to be dropped to nil. The committee will suggest measures to be taken to reduce the atrocity against the prisoners,” Deepak Kesarkar, minister of state for home, said.

The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is now likely to question Dattatray Shinde, superintendent of police, Sangli and Deepali Kale, deputy superintendent of police, in the case of the alleged custodial death of a man.

Sanjay Kumar, additional director general of police, CID, confirmed that the two will be questioned in the case. “We are investigating the FIR in the murder case. We are going to question the two,” Sanjay Kumar told Hindustan Times.

Aniket Kothale was killed while he was in police custody at the Sangli city police station in a case of robbery on November 6. As many as 12 policemen have been suspended so far with five of them, including police sub-inspector (PSI) Yuvraj Kamte and one civilian arrested and sent to police custody till November 21 by a local court in Sangli.

Speaking to HT, Ashish Kothale, the deceased’s brother, claimed that his family has sent an affidavit to the court to keep them abreast and allow them to attend all the hearings related to the case. A witness to the crime, Amol Bhandare, 23, who was arrested and sent to police custody along with Aniket Kothale, is in magisterial custody in Sangli.

Vishwas Nangre-Patil, inspector general (IG), Kolhapur range, has served a show cause notice to SP Shinde and DySP Kale on Tuesday. The two officers were given eight days to respond to the notice.

On Tuesday, the state government has handed over a cheque of ₹10 lakh to the Kothale family as compensation. The Congress party in a letter to the bereaved family has accepted the responsibility to help fund the education of the deceased’s three-years-old daughter Pranjal Kothale.


First Published: Nov 16, 2017 16:18 IST