Ghaziabad man allegedly beaten to death in police custodyJune 14th, 2009 - 10:31 pm ICT by IANS
Ghaziabad, June 14 (IANS) A 45-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death in police custody in Ghaziabad, the victim’s son said Sunday. Police say they have ordered a departmental enquiry and registered a case against four people including a constable.
“The post-mortem examination report is awaited and a departmental enquiry has been ordered,” Ghaziabad police chief Akhil Kumar said.
According to victim Santram’s son Jitendra, his father had gone to a relative’s house in Bhovapur near Kaushambi on the outskirts of New Delhi Saturday night to mediate in a property dispute. The discussion became heated and one of the relatives called the police.
The police took Santram and some other people to the police station, where they were put in the lock-up. Jitendra alleged that the police also demanded a bribe of Rs.50,000 to release his father.
Jitendra said the police then called him and told him his father was not well and had been taken to a hospital. On reaching the hospital, he was shocked to learn his father had died.
He said he was asked to sign a paper saying that Santram was a heart patient and that he had no grievance against anybody. Jitendra said that he refused to sign the paper and then his father’s body was taken for autopsy.
Jitendra lodged a complaint with the police Sunday alleging that his father had been beaten to death in police custody.
Also on Sunday morning, when Santram’s relatives came to know about the incident they reached the mortuary and shouted slogans against the police.