The postmortem report of Jung Bahadur Singh,who died in police custody on Sunday night,has left the Kanpur police red faced.
Till Monday morning,the police maintained that 48-year-old Singh had died due to heart attack and not police thrashing. The post-mortem,however,confirmed that his death was caused due to injuries and not by heart attack.
Singh was found dead at the Hanspuram police outpost under the Naubasta police station. District Magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar has ordered a Magisterial Inquiry in the case.
The situation became worse for the police as it came to the fore that Neetu,the woman police claimed had lodged a complaint against Singh,had actually named his sons Kallu and Billu. She had alleged that they stole some bricks.
Unable to find Kallu and Billu,Sub-Inspector and in-charge of Hanspuram Police Chowki,Pappu Singh,brought Singh to the police outpost where he was allegedly beaten up. When his condition deteriorated,the policemen took him to the Jagriti Nursing Home,where the doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Outraged by the death,locals ransacked the police outpost and set ablaze three police motorcycles parked outside. The SI,constables Rajesh Singh,Anil Kumar,Jagdish Mishra and an unidentified policeman were forced to flee.
Deputy Inspector General Neera Rawat has suspended SI Singh and the four constables. Following a complaint made by Singh’s son Kallu,a murder case was registered at the Naubasta police station against them on Sunday. The policemen are absconding.
GL Meena,Inspector General,Kanpur Range,said a search was on for the absconding policemen. If found guilty in the inquiry,their service will be terminated.
Kallu said Neetu’s allegations against him and his brother were false. Why would we steal a few bricks? Neetu has got my father murdered with the help of the police, he said. Singh and his sons worked as labourers.
On her part,Neetu denied that she had any grudge against Singh or his sons. She said a new road was being built in the area in place of a brick-paved path.
Kallu and Billu stole some bricks and,being a responsible citizen,I apprised the local police, she said.
Regarding the vandalism at the police outpost,a case of disrupting law and order and damaging public property was registered against unidentified persons on Sunday. Assistant Superintendent of Police (Crime) OP Singh said: Those responsible are being identified and will be arrested.