Special judge CBI,Najar Singh,on Wednesday framed charges against former station house officer of Madhuban police station and a police constable in the custodial death of a murder accused who had died in 2007.
The charges were framed against SHO,Ranveer Singh and constable,Pawan Kumar,in the death of a murder accused,Bhuwan Dutt,in 2007. The CBI had investigated the case on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after Dutt had allegedly set himself on fire while he was serving police custody,by wetting himself with kerosene.
The charges came as Dutt,during his dying declaration,had given a statement to the police that he was set on fire by the police officials. CBI has charged the two police officials of using torture against the accused to extract a confession statement from him.
Earlier,the case was being investigated by Haryana Police. The case had come under the medias spotlight,following which the investigations were taken up by the CBI. It was established by the central investigation agency that Bhuwan Dutt was in police custody and was subjected to continuous torture. The victim had in his dying declaration stated that after he refused to agree with the police case,kerosene was poured on him and he was set on fire.
Earlier a case of suicide was registered in the case. The report by an SDM had found that Dutt committed suicide. However,the subsequent investigations by the CBI revealed that it was a case of custodial torture. The torture charges came to light after a complaint by the relatives of the accused that he was killed by police while being subjected to continuous harassment and torture.