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Eight policemen of Ghaziabad suspended for custodial death

India on 11 July 2013
Location : Uttar Pradesh, India | Source : The Hindu

Eight policemen of the Kavinagar police station in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh have been suspended for the custodial death of one Shakeel Ahmed who was arrested on charges of auto theft. Among those suspended are the Station Officer of Kavinagar, SK Tyagi, head constable Jitendra and six constables.

A case has been registered at the Kavinagar police station and inquiry ordered by the Ghaziabad SSP. An official spokesman said here that the post mortem examination of the deceased would be video-graphed.

The deceased was arrested for vehicle theft. While the police claimed that Shakeel suffered a heart attack when he was being taken to Farrukhabad for the recovery of stolen vehicles, his family members alleged that he was beaten up by the police and had died as a result of the excesses committed by the police . Shakeel’s family members claimed that he was not a heart patient and the police had cooked up a story to hide its crime.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakh for the next of the kin of the deceased.

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