Family alleges Delhi man beaten to death by cops

June 14th, 2008 - 12:45 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) A man was Friday allegedly beaten to death by policemen here after he resisted arrest in a cheque bounce case. Senior police officials, however, denied the charge. The family of 45-year-old Nirmal Singh said the cops, one in plain clothes and two in uniform, came to their Vishnu Garden home to arrest him citing court orders.

The policemen - sub-inspector Ram Niwas, head constable Rambir, and constable Naresh - were accompanied by the complainant Ashok, on whose plea the court issued a non-bailable warrant against Singh after a cheque worth Rs.28,500 bounced.

The family alleges that the policemen barged into the house and beat Singh mercilessly after he asked them to show arrest warrants.

“They beat my father mercilessly on the head and the chest. They continued beating him till he fell unconscious. They took him to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” said the victim’s son Harinder.

“The policemen also demanded a sum of Rs.100,000 for not arresting him,” he added.

Following Singh’s death, relatives and neighbours staged a protest outside the area police station for more than two hours.

But senior policemen denied the charges and claimed the family had called in neighbours to avoid Singh’s arrest.

A police official said: “They asked us not to arrest him saying he was under immense depression. They said they were negotiating with the complainant. But when our men insisted on executing the court orders, Nirmal Singh bolted himself inside the bathroom.”

“Our men broke open the bathroom door and found Nirmal Singh lying unconscious. They took to him to the hospital, where he died of a possible heart attack,” the official added.

Police have taken pictures of the body and said that it did not bear any injury marks.

Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said: “We are waiting for the post-mortem report. We will take appropriate action if any one is found guilty.”

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