Two days after a suspected Naxal,Pudiyami Mada,reportedly committed suicide at the Sukma police station,the Chhattisgarh police today blamed severe torture by CRPF.
According to the Sukma police station diary,Mada was nabbed by a CRPF team headed by Assistant Commandant,2nd Battalion,Ashish Kumar on Friday morning and handed over to the police at around 8:30 am. He hanged himself in the lock-up at around 9:30 pm.
But the police today said the CRPF personnel had nabbed Mada a few days earlier.
When we got his remand,constables Kisun Kujur and Amjad Khan said Mada told them he was tortured by the CRPF, claimed head constable K Nagaiya.
He added that the CRPF personnel had poured petrol on Madas private parts and set it on fire. Nagaiya,Kujur and Khan are among the four policemen who have been suspended.
I immediately sent him for a medical test, said Nagaiya. The medical test,conducted by Dr R P S Painkra,found abrasions and swelling over the penis and lateral part of anus. The report says the wounds were inflicted 90 to 100 hours before the medical test,which was conducted at 6:30 pm on Friday. Nagaiya said Mada pleaded with the policemen to shoot him. None of the suspended policemen is responsible. It seems they nabbed him a few days before they handed him over to us, Nagaiya added. Another police officer pointed that the 12 bore rifle was not recovered from Mada as claimed by the central force.
Denying the charges,CRPF IG (Ops) Raipur Pankaj Singh said: Our team nabbed him on Friday morning and soon handed him over to the police. The post-mortem report is awaited.
Waiting for his body to arrive at Gadiras,20 kilometres from Sukma,Madas five-month pregnant wife Podiyami Kosi and her mother-in-law Podiyami Sukdi said he had been missing since Monday.
Meanwhile,over 100 people from Madas village of Kondra protested outside the SPs office in Sukma today even as preparations were on for tomorrows function. Union Minister Jairam Ramesh and Chief Minister Raman Singh are set to inaugurate the new district of Sukma tomorrow.