Four policemen, who assaulted a youth accused of theft inside a police station in Goregaon in 2013 leading to his death, were convicted by a city court Saturday to seven years imprisonment.
Sessions Judge S M Bhosle found the suspended policemen guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, causing hurt to extort a confession and voluntarily causing hurt under the Indian Penal Code, while also ordering each of them to pay a fine of Rs 15,000.
The policemen — head constable Chandrakant Kamble (54) and police naiks Kiran Pinlge (40), Umesh Gosavi (39) and Sandeep Salunke (40) — were arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, days after 22-year-old Kurla resident Manoj Salve was declared dead upon admission at Cooper Hospital. The crime branch had charged the policemen with murder.
According to the prosecution, Salve and his friend Prakash Chavan had visited an exhibition at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon East on October 26, 2013 with the intention of stealing money from attendees.
There were caught while attempting to steal a purse and nearly 30 people assaulted them. The police then came to the spot and took the duo to Vanrai police station, where the convicted policemen assaulted Salve. Salve, who fell unconscious while being questioned, was rushed to hospital. The death triggered angry protests outside Vanrai police station by Salve’s family.
The crime branch, which conducted the probe, seized CCTV footage from the exhibition centre apart from recording the statement of Salve’s friend Chavan. “The court discarded the CCTV footage because we proved the man, who the crime branch got the footage certified from, was not qualified to do so,” said advocate Vijay Desai, who represented the convicts.