Five Cops Held For Custodial Death
FIVE COPS HELD FOR CUSTODIAL DEATH
Ferozepur June 12:
The Makhu police reportedly registered a case against an assistant sub-inspector, head constable, constable of the Punjab police and two volunteers of the Punjab Home Guards (PHG) in a case related to custodial death, regarding which an inquiry was marked on the orders of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC).
According to information, Rashpal Singh, resident of Mahalewala village, in his compliant to the PSHRC, had stated that his father Mukhtiar Singh died while he was in the custody of the police in June, 2007.
The SSP had marked an inquiry in the case to SHO Ashwani Kumar. The SHO investigated the case in which ASI Raj Kumar, head constable Balbir Singh, constable Balvir Chand and two PHG volunteers Janak Singh and Prem Singh were held at fault in whose custody Mukhtiar had died.
In his report, the SHO stated that Mukhtiar was arrested in June, 2007, following the death of his servant due to an electric shock. However, Mukhtiar did not inform the police about the incident and allegedly threw his body into a river.
Thereafter, when the police got to know about the event, they arrested him.When the police party took him to the spot to identify the place where he had thrown the body, Mukhtiar died.
According to the police, Mukhtiar died of heart attack, as he was aged and could not bear the intense heat and humidity. On the basis of the police report, the SDM, Ferozepur, closed the case taking action under Section 174.
Later, after a compliant was lodged by Rashpal Singh, the case was again re-opened and subsequently, an inquiry was conducted after which FIR No. 73, dated June 10, 2008, under Section 304 was registered.