Indore: A 22-year-old suspect in a theft case was allegedly beaten to death in a police station in Indore, following which the Gandhi Nagar police station in-charge (TI) Neeta Derwal was suspended and the district collector ordered a magisterial probe.
Union Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot has demanded CBI probe into the custodial death of the Dalit youth, who was a suspect in a theft case.
The state government should write a letter to Centre requesting for CBI inquiry into the custodial death of Sanju aka Sanjay, Gehlot said.
He said that Sanju was not a notorious criminal that he be given third-degree treatment.
Sanju was picked up by Gandhi Nagar police on suspicion in connection with two theft cases on Tuesday.
It was alleged that he was brutally beaten up in the custody. Her mother Nandi Bai had claimed that she was also made to sit in the police station till Sanju admitted the crime which he never did.
Senior Congress leader and PWD minister Sajjan Singh Verma condemned the custodial death of Dalit youth Sanju in Gandhi Nagar police station and said a case of murder should be registered against the police station incharge and cops present in the police station.
Meanwhile, Dainik Bhaskar contacted suspended TI Neeta Derwal. She said she was too disturbed to reply to questions, but later replied to Bhaskar’s questions through a friend:
Bhaskar: Why did you beat Sanju like that leading to his death?
TI: We did not beat him that much. We also know the level (of torture).
Bhaskar: Then how did he die?
TI: No answer was given.
Bhaskar: There are many serious charges?
TI: We have not done anything like that.
Bhaskar: The charge is that you give water from the toilet to the accused to drink?
TI: No, it’s a blatant lie. I have never behaved like that with any accused. When someone comes to us, we respect him and give him a chair to sit on. Many times we offer tea. We do not treat anyone inhumanely.
Bhaskar: What do you want to say in this whole matter?
TI: People are making false allegations by making it a Dalit issue. I am also a Dalit, but I never said that.
Bhaskar: Did Sanju admit his crime?
Bhaskar: What did he say?
Meanwhile, this is not the first custodial death in Madhya Pradesh this year. A youth had died in custody in Morena district in February following which there were clashes between the police and villagers.