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Death in custody: Kin ask for probe,not compensation

The second post-mortem examination of Sukhvir,accused of robbery,confirmed death due to “brutal assault”.

Written by ANCHAL DHAR | Gurgaon |
November 30, 2013 1:46:11 am

More than 10 days after a man died allegedly while in police custody,his family has rejected compensation,demanded a speedy probe and punishment for those guilty. The second post-mortem examination of Sukhvir,accused of robbery,confirmed death due to “brutal assault”.

Sukhvir was accused of robberies on the Sohna-Palwal highway and was arrested on November 15.

The first autopsy report by the Sohna Civil Hospital had said that Sukhvir died of a cardiac arrest. However,the second autopsy at PGIMS,Rohtak found 14 injuries on the feet,thighs,buttocks and arms made by a blunt object.

The family claimed Sukhvir’s body on Thursday night and took it to Lekhigaon in Asalpur,Palwal.

Sukhvir’s brother Naresh told Newsline that they would not cremate his body till they get justice.

“We demand that the accused persons mentioned in the FIR be arrested and punished. Sukhvir was picked up near Khaami on November 15. After two days we got to know that he died in police custody. He died because police tortured him.”

More than 100 residents met Gurgaon Police Commissioner Alok Mittal on Wednesday,seeking justice.

Yogender Singh,pradhan of Baanwariya Samaj,was leading the village group. He said,“The commissioner said an inquiry has been ordered. The state crime branch will investigate. The family’s complaint has been recorded.”

Sukhvir’s mother Ramvati said,“I will not accept any compensation. Mujhe insaaf chahiye (I want justice). I want the people responsible for his death to be punished.”

Gurgaon police refused to comment on the case,saying the matter was pending with the judiciary.

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