Constables did not pour petrol on auto driver’s father,say police

Two Delhi Police constables,who have been accused of setting a man on fire in Neb Sarai,were questioned by police for over two hours on Monday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2013 1:53:18 am

Two Delhi Police constables,who have been accused of setting a man on fire in Neb Sarai,were questioned by police for over two hours on Monday.

The man,Uday Chand,was set on fire allegedly by Constables Raj Kumar and Surinder,who were also allegedly trying to extort money from his son Naveen,an autorickshaw driver. While Naveen claimed that the constables set his father ablaze,police said other eyewitnesses reported that Chand had immolated himself.

However,police said a medical examination of both the constables showed that they had not pour petrol on Chand. “If the constables had used petrol to set Chand on fire,some of it would have spilled on their hands. The stench and the residual of petrol can’t be removed by washing. During the medical examination,no residual of petrol or kerosene was found on their hands,” a senior police officer said.

Naveen had claimed that the two had taken petrol from their bikes and poured it on his father before allegedly setting him on fire.

Police also said six eyewitnesses,including auto drivers from Gate Number 1,Sainik Farms — the area from where incident was reported on Saturday evening – claimed that Chand had set himself on fire because of harassment by constables.

In their statement to police,the eyewitnesses claimed that the beat constables used to extort money from Chand’s sons,Naveen and Sunil. They said the constables had allegedly asked Naveen to pay Rs 20,000 and a Diwali bonus. The constables had also allegedly confiscated his autorickshaw and did not return it for five days.

Police said no arrests have been made,but the two constables have been suspended and sent to district lines. Police said they were investigating both the versions.

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