A 50-year-old Malwani resident, who was brought in for questioning by the Malwani police in connection with a robbery case, was found dead while in police custody on Thursday morning.
The incident sparked a protest by friends and family of the deceased as well as residents of his locality, who alleged the deceased was beaten to death by the police, and the matter has now been handed over to the Crime Branch for independent inquiry.
According to the Malwani police, the deceased, Hari Chavan (50) was detained in connection with a robbery case along with his son-in-law Swapnil Kale (32). The police said that Kale had committed the robbery and had given the ill-gotten booty to Chavan to sell in the black market, and while Kale was placed under arrest, Chavan was called to the police station for inquiries on Wednesday night.
The police said Chavan was held in a room on second floor of the police station, and on Thursday morning, when police went to check on him, he was found hanging by his own shirt from one of the bars in the window. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
“The case has been handed over to the Crime Branch for further investigations,” said Balsing Rajput, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Zone 11). Chavan’s family, however, alleged that he had been beated to death, and that his death was later made to look like a suicide. “We will probe the allegations made by Chavan’s family,” said DCP (Crime) Dhananjay Kulkarni.