Nine policemen including a station house officer (SHO) Pravesh Kumar were suspended and booked for murder on Saturday, a day after the custodial death of a youth at Hazrat Nagar Gadi police station in Moradabad. Meanwhile, the autopsy report confirmed multiple fractures on the youth’s chest, back and behind his knees. The report also stated that the vein which supplies blood to the brain was damaged, which is suspected to be main reason cause of death.
“The postmortem reports have revealed multiple fractures on hips and legs. He had injuries on his body too. An FIR has already been lodged on murder charge against nine policemen, who have been suspended as well. We will decide the next course of action very soon,” said SSP Nitin Tiwari, adding that no arrest had been made so far.
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Rafi-Ul-Hasan (30,) died in the lock-up of Hazrat Nagar police station where he was reportedly brought for questioning regarding a motorcycle theft. The body was handed over to his father Mehraz-Ul-Hassan, a retired police constable, of Madhan village. SSP Tiwari said Hasan was a gangster and had around two dozen cases of theft and rioting lodged against him at various police stations in Moradabad.
On Saturday, Hasan’s relatives had claimed that police initially told them they had detained him for questioning, but he did not return home till midnight. When they went to the police station, they were allegedly not allowed to meet him. They were later informed by the police that Hasan was not well and they should come to the hospital.
His family members alleged that on reaching the hospital, they found Hasan dead. Locals then gathered at the police station and staged an agitation demanding action, after which SSP Tiwari ordered for an FIR to be lodged against the nine accused policemen.