Dalit man dies in police custody, UP cops booked
BIJNOR: Bal Kishan, a 30-year-old Dalit man who was arrested by police for theft on December 23, died in police custody in Amroha’s Dhanora Mandi police station on Wednesday.
His family protested the death, alleging that police were asking for a bribe of 5 lakh to let him off, which they could not give, after which he was brutally tortured.
Taking cognisance of the matter, 11 police officers including the station house officer and 10 others who were on duty at the police station at the time of the incident have been suspended and a case registered against six including the SHO and an SI for murder. The victim’s family and locals blocked state highway 51 (Panipat-Badaun) on Wednesday. The locals attacked the sub-divisional magistrate and a deputy superintendent of police who were trying to pacify them. Violence and vandalism was also reported.
“Police picked up my husband while he was returning home from a wedding on Sunday. Since then, they were keeping my husband in the lockup without any complaint and committing atrocities on him. When I contacted the SHO and checkpost incharge, they asked for Rs 5 lakh as bribe to release him,” said Kunti Devi, wife of the deceased. They had told us that they had arrested him in a van theft case. My husband had no criminal records. He drove a van in a private school to earn his living.”
“When a relative and I contacted the SHO and checkpost in-charge, they asked for Rs 5 lakh as bribe to release my husband.
We gave Rs 1 lakh to them on Tuesday night and arranged for more money which we were to give on Wednesday. In the meantime, I was told my husband had died. Police claimed he fell ill,” Kunti added.