A 35-year-old man on “parole” died after he was allegedly beaten up by police at Gagan Cinema T-Point in Northwest Delhi’s Nand Nagri area.
The victim has been identified as Shanawaz Chaudhary. His wife, Mamta, said the incident occurred Monday evening.
She said her husband stopped at the T-point after he recognised an acquaintance of his having an argument with her husband. There were four police personnel present at the spot.
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“My husband intervened and said the issue could be sorted out without involving police. The officers were annoyed by his statement,” said Mamta. She said the officers got into an argument with her husband and slapped him. Mamta said the officers pushed her husband into a PCR van and started beating him. “Three policemen sat on top of my husband. They took us to Nand Nagri police station,” she alleged. However, Mamta said she was asked to get down at the station while the officers took her husband to GTB hospital.
“I kept asking them about my husband’s condition, but I received false assurances from them…,” she said. “On Tuesday morning… I found out that my husband had died the previous day,” alleged Mamta.
JCP (Eastern Range) Sanjay Beniwal told The Indian Express that Chaudhary was drunk at the time of incident and rubbished Mamta’s allegations that he was beaten up by police. Beniwal said, “The deceased unnecessarily got involved in the dispute. Police did not beat him and only took him to the station. During the ride, his condition deteriorated. So police took him to hospital where he was declared brought dead.”