A tribal youth,who was being questioned in connection with a womans murder,allegedly committed suicide at Rangpur police station in Chhota Udepur taluka of Vadodara district on Thursday morning.
His family members,however,alleged he was beaten to death by police.
Vipul Bhunabhai Rathava (20),a resident of Moti Sadhli village,ran across from police station officer (PSO) Mahendrasinh Waghelas desk,locked himself up in a room and hung himself from a ceiling fan with a chunri, Rangpur sub-inspector Siddharthraj Anand said over phone. The incident took place between 8.30 am and 9 am.
Policemen tried to open the door but it was locked from inside. When they broke it open,Rathva was found hanging from the same chunri which was seized in the case, Anad said,adding he was not present in the police station at the time of the incident.
Police were questioning Rathva in connection with murder of Sughri Chandu Rathva,a resident of nearby Khadkhad village,23 km away from Chhota Udepur town. Sughri had gone missing from her in-laws home on May 6 and her naked body was found from bed of a small river near Tundava village on May 8.
Police said her cellphone call details showed she had last spoken to Vipul,who was then called at the police station for questioning on Wednesday evening.
As the news of Vipuls death spread,a huge crowed assembled outside the police station,which has 23 personnel.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Bodeli,S P Bhagora,conducted the inquest and Vipuls body was sent to Chhota Udepur referral hospital for post mortem.
However,Raju Rathva,Vipuls uncle,alleged he was beaten to death by police. Vipul was picked up by
police three days ago and they had been beating him severely. He died in interrogation room itself. The suicide story is cooked up, Raju said.
He also disputed the police claim that Vipul was 20 years old. He is either 17 or 18 and we have documents to prove it, he said.
DSP (Vadodara) Sandeep Singh said the incident was serious and guilty would be punished. The death in a police station is a serious matter. We have reported the incident to district collector, he said.