Murder accused found dead in lock-up

India on 28 April 2014
Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | Source : Mumbai Mirror; image source: Mumbai Mirror

A 21-year-old man, who was arrested by the Samta Nagar police on charges of murder, was found dead in the Borivali police station general lockup on Tuesday morning.

The police claimed that Akash Kharade died after falling near the lock-up's toilet. His family members, however, alleged he died after being tortured while in custody.

Zonal deputy commissioner Pravin Patil said the incident is being investigated as a custodial death. A panchnama was carried out at the spot where the body was found and it was video recorded in the presence of a magistrate.

Patil said, "One of the constables posted near the lock-up heard a crashing sound and rushed to check the spot. He saw Kharade had fallen unconscious at the spot and there was an injury on his head. The body has been sent to J J hospital for post mortem and the report is awaited."

Kharade was among the three people held regarding murder of a Kandivali resident, Balkrishna Nikhare, last week. Nikhare had a dispute with one of the accused.

Reportedly, the trio met him outside his house around 2 pm on April 17 and stabbed him. Nikhare was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries later.

A few days later, unit 12 of the crime branch arrested Kharade and handed him over to the Samta Nagar police. Kharade did not have a past crime record and was lodged in the Borivali general lock-up following the arrest.

Kharade's family members claimed he died of third-degree torture and said the cops were trying to cover up the case.

They also claimed that he was not nabbed but he himself surrendered to the cops.

"He was innocent and was not part of the group that killed Balkrishna Nikhare. When he came to know that cops had launched a manhunt to nab him, he himself surrendered, so that he could prove his innocence," said Kharade's sister Sonu.

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