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A victim of police brutality

Thousands of mourners flocked to the burial ground in Jafferabad area in the North East Delhi where Irshad was buried on 14 October. Irshad, a young man in his mid-twenties, was beaten to death by four cops on 11 October when they saw him in a scuffle with a rickshaw-puller. The area has seen since then heightened tension and unexpected agitation of the enraged people against the police brutality. 

Traders of the area did not open their shops in order to express solidarity with another businessman who was killed by law-enforcers without any reason.

Irshad, who owned a small shoe-factory in Jafferabad, was killed following a small incident that rarely goes beyond verbal abuses. He had gone to Gautampuri on his scooter at around 12.45 p.m. His four-year-old son, Danish, studied in a school in that area. When a rickshaw hit his scooter and his four-year-old child fell from it he did not know that this incident is going to end his life. Irshad, who was allegedly engaged in a scuffle with the rickshaw puller, was caught by four cops passing through. Without asking anything they started beating him with their batons till he fell unconscious. He was announced brought dead when carried to a city hospital. 

Violence erupted in Seelampur area of east Delhi as the news spread. An angry mob set several vehicles on fire and damaged a number of DTC buses. Agitators also damaged a fire tender and stone pelted a police party manning the area.

The SHO of the area, Hukamchand Rana, was passing by with sub-inspector Vijay Kumar, constable Swatantra Kumar, a driver and an operator. Seeing Irshad and the rickshaw-puller engaged in a scuffle, the SHO caught hold of Irshad. When he tried to explain the situation to him, the SHO tried to slap Irshad who caught his hand. This enraged the SHO so much that he took the baton from a constable and start beating him. His accomplices joined him until Irshad fell unconscious.

Irshad, the sole bread-earner of his family, fainted and was rushed to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. Seeing the policemen beat a man, the onlookers started pelting stones at them. When the situation went out of hand, the SHO fled the scene. However the angry public thrashed constable Swantra Kumar. 

Irshad's son, who had fallen off the scooter, witnessed the whole drama. He keeps on repeating that 'police ne papa ko mara'. Irshad kept his son close to his chest before collapsing on the ground. The eye-witness also say that the cops tried to kill four-year Danish also but he was saved by some women who had gathered on the spot. 

This all has angered the residents of area no end. Sporadic incidents of stone throwing continued to occur in the area where it all happened. Residents, seething with anger, took out several processions. The angry mob set several buses on fire even on the second day of his merciless killing. Controversy flared up when Irshad's family alleged that the autopsy conducted on him was influenced. The sources say that a vehement protest was lodged over the manner in which the autopsy was hurriedly conducted and the report made to cover up the real cause of death. Therefore a second autopsy was conducted on Irshad on 13 October. 

The police has arrested two of the policemen who were involved in his death, sub-inspector Vijay Kumar and constable Swatantra Kumar. Two policemen absconding since his death have been identified as Mahesh and Dharampal.

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