A 35-year-old alleged robber was thrashed by the employees and owner of a dyeing unit in Malwani on Tuesday and handed over to police. He was later declared dead on arrival in hospital.
While the dyeing unit employees claimed seeing him being beaten up in lock-up again,police said they rushed the alleged robber to hospital when he did not wake up in the morning.
Malwani police,who have booked seven people,including dyeing unit owner Amarjeet Singh and his brother Vijay,said alleged robber Javed Ali tried to enter the premises Tuesday early morning.
Following a series of robberies at the unit,Vijay and three employees had started sleeping at the factory,police said.
At 1 am on Tuesday,Vijay noticed someone trying to break in and nabbed him. He then began beating him up, said an officer.
Employees,too,allegedly thrashed and dragged him to Malwani police station.
Police said they arrested Ali and put him in lock-up. At 9 am,they said,officers found him sleeping and tried to wake him up for a medical examination,but Ali did not move. Police then rushed him to Bhagwati Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
However,Harinder Singh,an employee of the unit,said after they handed Ali over to police,he was beaten up again. Mahesh Patil,DCP (Zone 11),said,We are probing if Ali was beaten up by police.