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Cops torture Bangalore Muslim to death

Bangalore: Mubarak Basha died on 30 August, 12 days after detention. This was the second case of its kind of late. Earlier a scrap dealer succumbed to police torture meted out during an illegal detention. This time, it's Koramangala police which arrested 37-year-old Mubarak Basha, a resident of L R Nagar, and declared him dead 12 days after his detention on August 19 as a suspect in a series of chain-snatching incidents. He was kept in police custody till August 26. A case was booked later on the same day and he was sent to judicial custody, his wife Reshma, a mother of three (a daughter and two sons), told Bangalore Mirror. But on August 31, Parappana Agrahara prison officials rushed him to Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, where he was declared brought dead. Reshma, 35, a pourakarmika with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), alleged torture meted out during illegal detention was the cause of his death.

Mubarak Basha and his wife Reshma

This was the second instance of death due to alleged police torture reported during the past fortnight. A cabbie, 24-year-old Pradeep Eranaiah Kumar, a resident of Lakshmipura, committed suicide on August 23 after alleged torture by KG Nagar police.

The deceased Basha's wife Reshma alleged that her husband was meted out third degree punishment, including the infamous 'Bombay Cut' (wherein the person is tied, made to squat, and caned). "Around 12 pm on August 19, my husband was picked up while coming out of sessions court after attending hearing in a dacoity case… He was in custody till August 26. Though I repeatedly visited the station, I was sent back by the police stating he wasn't there. A colleague of mine, however, confirmed to have seen my husband inside the lock-up. But a case was booked only on August 26 - after a full week of illegal detention. Later, he was produced before a magistrate and sent to judicial custody…My husband told that he was asked to either own up to snatching a few chains or to point out some 2-3 suspects, failing which he would be booked. He was made to undergo Bombay Cut punishment. His feet and lower knee had turned black. This could only be due to the third degree meted out by the police," Reshma told Bangalore Mirror. (Excerpted from http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/others/Cops-tortured-husband-claims-wife/articleshow/41368989.cms)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2014 on page no. 13

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