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Uttar Pradesh: Youth dies in police custody

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In Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, a case of a Muslim youth was found dead under suspicious circumstances at the police station. The police had brought 21-year-old Altaf to the police station for questioning in a case related to forced marriage with a woman. It is being told in the media that the police had taken Altaf to the police station on Monday, November 8. The next day the police took him to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Altaf’s father Chahat Mian told reporters that when the police reached his house looking for his son on charges of kidnapping a woman, he handed him over to the police. Hanging from the tap? But when he went to the police station to know more about the case, he was banished from there. After that the next day he got the news of his son’s death.

Chahat Mian has accused the police of the responsibility of his son’s death. But the police have denied these allegations. Kasganj district superintendent of police Botre Rohan Pramod said in a statement that when Altaf expressed his desire to go to the toilet during interrogation at the police station, he was allowed to go to the toilet of a lockup. Pramod said that Altaf tried to hang himself from the toilet tap in the toilet using a nada fitted in his jacket. He told that the police admitted Altaf to the hospital in an unconscious state where he died after 5-10 minutes of first aid. The police have simply admitted that there has been negligence in the matter, for which the Superintendent of Police has suspended five policemen.

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There is a demand that there should be a fair investigation in the matter. What do the figures say, the death of people in police custody is a big problem in India. According to government figures, in 2020 alone, 76 people died in police custody across the country. Of these, 31 cases were of custodial suicide and 34 were of death in hospital during treatment. Experts say that even these figures do not tell the real situation as many other cases do not reach the official records. Complaints against the police can also be registered in very few cases. In 2020, a total of seven cases were registered against policemen for custodial death across the country, out of which only two reports of investigation were submitted and only one chargesheeted the policemen.

The court’s decision in the matter is still pending. In these seven cases, four policemen were arrested and only three were charge-sheeted. To solve this problem, the Supreme Court in December last year ordered the installation of CCTV cameras with night vision and audio recording inside all police stations in the country. But so far this order has not been implemented. State police departments and central agencies are still preparing to implement it and on the other hand the process of death of people in police custody continues.

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