NRI custodial death: Goa police hands over probe to SIT

Investigations into the custodial death of an NRI in a police lock-up here has been handed over by the Goa police to a Special Investigation Team (SIT), Goa Home minister Ravi Naik informed the House Thursday.

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 22:02 PM IST

Panaji: Investigations into the custodial
death of an NRI in a police lock-up here has been handed over by the Goa police to a Special Investigation Team (SIT), Goa Home minister Ravi Naik informed the House Thursday.

Replying to a calling attention motion during the ongoing
state Legislative Assembly session, Naik said SIT is headed by
Superintendent of Police Omprakash Kudtarkar, which will probe
the death of NRI Cypriano Fernandes.

Naik said the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) inquiry has
concluded that Cypriano died due to injuries received in
police custody.

"The SDM has submitted a report today in which he has
concluded that Cypriano died due to injuries which he
sustained while in police custody," the minister said.

He stated that SDM has recommended that appropriate
offences under Indian Penal Code (IPC) should be initiated
against police officers on duty when Cypriano was in custody.
The 39-year-old seafarer on his vacation back home in Goa
was arrested by Panaji police on January 7 after his woman
friend complained that he was threatening her.

While the accused died in police custody, the police had
said he was suffering from `fits` and died a natural death.
The first setback in this case came after Deputy
Superintendent of Police Bousette Silva in his inquiry report
concluded that there were procedural lapses after Cypriano?s
arrest.

Three policemen ? Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar,
Police Sub Inspector Radhesh Ramnathkar and Head constable
Sandip Shirvaikar, were suspended after the preliminary
report.

PTI