Custodial death: Kin collect body,case transferred to Crime Branch

THE family members of the victim,who was allegedly tortured in the custody of Ahmedabad police and found dead recently,got into a fight with the city police again on Monday while taking his body.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:May 14, 2013 4:06 am

THE family members of the victim,who was allegedly tortured in the custody of Ahmedabad police and found dead recently,got into a fight with the city police again on Monday while taking his body. They tried to vandalise the civil hospital. However,they were controlled by the police.

The victim,Raju alias Kanti Thakkar,was arrested by Sardarnagar police station from Sarangpur for his alleged role in a housebreaking case two days before he was found dead. After his family created ruckus and vandalised the police station on May 10,the Ahmedabad police booked nine policemen from Sardarnagar police station and Sector II surveillance squad,including Sub-Inspector D K Patel. The police said that deep wounds and beating marks were found on the body of the victim. He had also sustained internal injuries on head and spinal cord.

On Monday,when the family was asked to collect the body,Asha,his wife,and others reached the hospital early in the morning and hurled abuses at police. The victim’s relatives and supporters protested outside the morgue,asking for justice. The mob had come with sticks and even attempted to break the glasses of the hospital. The victim’s body was taken to his house under police protection.

Raju’s family had vandalized police chowky under Kubernagar police station on May 11,a day after they vandalised the Sardarnagar police station. The city police had registered a case of rioting against the mob,identifying 11 persons. While the case is being investigated by local police,the main case of custodial death has now been transferred to the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.

Krishi Mahotsav begins today

Chief minister Narendra Modi is set to flag off the ninth edition of ‘Krishi Mahotsav’ from Radhanpur in Patan district on Tuesday. The focus of this year’s event will be on micro-irrigation and improving the quality of livestock owned by farmers. Modi will be visiting Bharuch (May 18) in South Gujarat,Jam Jodhpur (May 23) in Saurashtra and Limkheda (May 27) in the tribal belt of the state. He will be participating in the events that are organised as part of the programme meant to improve farms and farming practices in the state,a government release said.

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