Human Rights

Custodial deaths: nine policemen arrested

Lucknow: Nine policemen in Allahabad district were booked for allegedly beating to death two men in custody. The duo had reportedly been picked up for "conspiracy" to loot a beer shop in Allahabad Sanjay Nishad 22, and Ashok NIshad 29, died reportedly after being beaten inside Allahabad's Ghoorpur police station.

According to Raj Kumar Nishad, a relative of the victims "Sanjay and Ashok had gone to the beer shop to make some purchase when two-three policemen suddenly appeared on the scene and started beating up all and sundry around the shop. They picked up five people, including Sanjay and Ashok, and took them to the police station where they where subjected to physical torture."

Sanjay and Ashok were later taken to the district hospital where they were declared "brought dead". In this connection nine policemen of the Ghoorpur police station have now been placed under suspension and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, under section 304 of the Indian panel Code. Post-mortem reports confirmed the duo died of brain wounds and rupture of intestines because of torture for over 12 hours. The other youth, Mukesh Singh of Chhota Kanjasan and Devanand Goswami of Bikargaon, bore wound marks too. Sanjay's sister Sunita said she had gone to the police station to find out why her brother had been detained. "They had tied my brother and the other youth to a tree and were beating."

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 11

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