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Police claim suicide, UP man’s family calls it custodial death

The police said he committed suicide in his home that night and his final rites were carried out in presence of people from the village,” SSP Santosh Kumar Singh said.

Written by Sukrita Baruah | Bulandshahar | Updated: December 13, 2020 3:43:48 am
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In rural Bulandshahr, the officer in-charge of a police station has been suspended for negligence after the family of a 28-year-old man alleged custodial death with the police stating that he died by suicide “due to an unsuccessful relationship” after being returned alive to the family.

Anil, the elder brother of the deceased, Somdutt, said his brother had left Kanaini village in Khurja tehsil, with a woman on December 5, two days before her wedding. One week later, police brought his body to their home in Kanaini on Saturday at around 5 am, he alleged, adding that it was the first time the family saw him since he left home, before the body was “forcefully cremated” before a postmortem by the family of the woman.

However, SSP Bulandshahr Santosh Kumar Singh referred to the case as “death by suicide due to an unsuccessful relationship”. “On December 6, he made a girl from his village—who was to get married in one or two days—run away from home. Both of them were found on December 10. The girl’s statement was taken by a magistrate in which she expressed the wish to return home with her relatives and that no action be taken against the man. In accordance with this, she was returned to her family. The man was also handed over to his elder brothers Anil and Sunil. The area police said that he committed suicide in his home that night and that his final rites were carried out in the presence of people from the village,” the SSP told the media.

Police on Saturday booked five relatives of the woman’s family, including her father, for abetment of suicide, on the basis of a complaint signed with the thumbprint of Somdutt’s mother Suresh. The complaint states that Somdutt had returned home at around 9 pm on Friday night, after which the woman’s relatives came to their home and threatened him, and that he committed suicide that night as he was “hurt”. The complaint also states that the woman’s relatives returned in the morning with other people from the village to forcefully cremate the body.

However, Bhanu Prakash Vimal, the lawyer of Somdutt’s family, claimed the statement in the complaint was written by police. “She is an elderly woman distressed by the incident. The complaint was written in police custody and they just took her thumbprint. The family does not stand by the statements in it,” he said.

Anil denied that Somdutt was brought to the family alive. “After police found the both of them, no one from the family was allowed to meet him or speak to him. They took a statement from the woman but none of us were aware of it.” He said Somdutt worked as a railway construction worker while their father was a farmer with two bighas of land.

In rural Bulandshahr, the officer in-charge of a police station has been suspended for negligence after the family of a 28-year-old man alleged custodial death with the police stating that he died by suicide “due to an unsuccessful relationship” after being returned alive to the family.

Anil, the elder brother of the deceased, Somdutt, said his brother had left Kanaini village in Khurja tehsil, with a woman on December 5, two days before her wedding. One week later, police brought his body to their home in Kanaini on Saturday at around 5 am, he alleged, adding that it was the first time the family saw him since he left home, before the body was “forcefully cremated” before a postmortem by the family of the woman.

However, SSP Bulandshahr Santosh Kumar Singh referred to the case as “death by suicide due to an unsuccessful relationship”. “On December 6, he made a girl from his village—who was to get married in one or two days—run away from home. Both of them were found on December 10. The girl’s statement was taken by a magistrate in which she expressed the wish to return home with her relatives and that no action be taken against the man. In accordance with this, she was returned to her family. The man was also handed over to his elder brothers Anil and Sunil. The area police said that he committed suicide in his home that night and that his final rites were carried out in the presence of people from the village,” the SSP told the media.

Police on Saturday booked five relatives of the woman’s family, including her father, for abetment of suicide, on the basis of a complaint signed with the thumbprint of Somdutt’s mother Suresh. The complaint states that Somdutt had returned home at around 9 pm on Friday night, after which the woman’s relatives came to their home and threatened him, and that he committed suicide that night as he was “hurt”. The complaint also states that the woman’s relatives returned in the morning with other people from the village to forcefully cremate the body.

However, Bhanu Prakash Vimal, the lawyer of Somdutt’s family, claimed the statement in the complaint was written by police. “She is an elderly woman distressed by the incident. The complaint was written in police custody and they just took her thumbprint. The family does not stand by the statements in it,” he said.

Anil denied that Somdutt was brought to the family alive. “After police found the both of them, no one from the family was allowed to meet him or speak to him. They took a statement from the woman but none of us were aware of it.” He said Somdutt worked as a railway construction worker while their father was a farmer with two bighas of land.

However, police maintained that there is written confirmation of Somdutt being handed over alive to the family. “In the Khurja police station, we found that the CCTV cameras were not working. If these were working, the current unpleasant circumstances could have been avoided,” the SSP said, explaining the reason behind the suspension of the officer in-charge, adding that the cremation being conducted before a postmortem is also an instance of negligence.

District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar said that a magisterial enquiry has been initiated under SDM Khurja, who will submit his findings within 48 hours, “after which necessary action will be taken”.

However, police maintained that there is written confirmation of Somdutt being handed over alive to the family. “In the Khurja police station, we found that the CCTV cameras were not working. If these were working, the current unpleasant circumstances could have been avoided,” the SSP said, explaining the reason behind the suspension of the officer in-charge, adding that the cremation being conducted before a postmortem is also an instance of negligence.

District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar said that a magisterial enquiry has been initiated under SDM Khurja, who will submit his findings within 48 hours, “after which necessary action will be taken”.

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