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Amritsar: 32-year-old dies in police custody, kin hold protest

A judicial inquiry is being ordered to probe the matter and action will be taken accordingly, say police.

punjab Updated: Jan 28, 2018 14:26 IST
Anil Sharma
Anil Sharma
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Sewa Singh, the victim.
Sewa Singh, the victim.

A 32-year-old man died in police custody after he was arrested in a case under Sections 107/151 (preventive custody) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) from Guru Nanak Nagar here on Saturday.

The family members and other residents of the locality held a protest outside the Verka police station soon after they came to know about the death of Sewa Singh. The kin also raised slogans against the police administration and demanded strict action against the policemen, who had arrested him from his home.

However, senior police officials came ahead to protect their team and said the youth died due to his poor health. But, the family members of the deceased said Sewa Singh was not ill and was also not suffering from any

ailment. Sewa Singh was allegedly arrested from his house when he was sleeping at around 6:30 am on Saturday. He was brought to the police station, said a senior police officer.

The residents and kin claimed that the youth was fit and fine when police arrested him from his house but before noon he was declared dead by the cops. The situation remained tense at the police station for a few hours as the protesters raised slogans against the police and, following which, a police team was also deployed there.

The protesters were pacified in the evening when additional deputy commissioner of police-city (ADCP-C), Jagjit Singh, reached the police station and assured the kin to take action against the guilty.

He said, “Sewa Singh was brought to the police station for preventive arrest only. His health was not good and the police took him to a doctor for medical aid, but he died there. A judicial inquiry is being ordered to probe the matter thoroughly. A board of doctors will also conduct his postmortem and action will be taken as per the report of autopsy and the inquiry.”

The deceased’s mother Preetam Kaur, however, alleged, “The station house officer (SHO) Jaspreet Singh with his team took away my son in early morning, but I was not aware that the police would kill him. Neither the police have recovered anything suspicious from the possession of my son, nor was he wanted in any criminal case. What wrong he had committed? For which he had been beaten to death.” She said, “We want strict action against the policemen who arrested my son as he was not a criminal.”

Harbhajan Singh, the deceased’s father, alleged: “My son was sleeping at 6:30 am when a police team entered my the and took him into custody, besides taking away my motorcycle along with them. The cops tortured my son to death. The police also removed the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in our locality to erase evidence of arresting him.”However, the police denied the allegation and said they didn’t remove any CCTV from anywhere.

Sources said a minor fight had ensued at Guru Nanak Nagar a few days ago, and the police had arrested two persons in this regard. The duo had also taken the name of Sewa Singh for his role in the tussle, for which the police arrested him from his home.

First Published: Jan 28, 2018 14:23 IST