Jammu & Kashmir

Man dies in police custody in Rajouri, 3 cops suspended

Cops stand deployed in JK's Rajouri. [File Photo]

Rajouri: Three Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel including Assistant Sub-Inspector and two constables were suspended on Sunday after the death of a youth in police custody in district Rajouri.

According to a report by Daily Excelsior, quoting officials it said that a young man died under the suspicious condition at Bakhar Police Post in Solki area under Dharamsal Police Station of Kalakot Sub-Division of Rajouri.

The family and villagers of the youth kept the dead body in the middle of the road at Solki and blocked the road for about six hours, and held protest against the police and demanded action against those responsible for it. The dead body of the youth bore injury marks.

The report quoting the relatives of the youth namely Sher Singh, son of Chatar Singh, resident of Duggal Halal, said that he used to work in a shop at Sunderbani. On Friday, the youth was coming home from Sunderbani on Lohri and reached Siot. He called his brother and told him to come and pick him up as he was not getting any vehicle for home.

His brother reached Siot and did not find him there. Neither he reached home, nor he contacted the family. And when the brother of the deceased showed his photo to some people, they told that this young man was caught by the police at Bakhar Naka on Friday evening and taken away with them. When the brother of the deceased youth rushed at naka, policemen told him that his brother was injured and was being treated by taking him to the Government hospital Sunderbani, the report said.

The police later packed the dead body in a plastic cover and sent it to Kalakot along with his brother and a constable in a car. According to his brother, as reported by Daily Excelsior, the police did not allow his brother to even see his brother’s face and said that he is being taken to the hospital.

The police stopped the car on the way and told the brother that now he himself take him to the hospital. When his brother saw his face, he found him dead.

The report said he called his family members and soon all the relatives reached and started a huge protest by placing the dead body on the road at Solki.

They raised slogans against the police, saying that the police had beaten up the youth and after his death in police custody, wrapped the body in a plastic cover.

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