Youth dies in police custody, mob set jeep on fire in protest

A youth -- arrested for creating nuisance in public -- allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ventilator of the lock-up.

Hisar: A youth -- arrested for
creating nuisance in public -- allegedly committed suicide by
hanging himself from the ventilator of the lock-up, triggering
a protest by locals which set on fire a police jeep and
damaged some motorcycles near here today, officials said.

Billu and Krishan were arrested yesterday at Hansi, about
26 km from here, for fighting in public place, police said.

Billu, in his early 20`s, was found hanging from the
ventilator of the police lock-up today, they said.

The incident triggered a protest by locals, which set on
fire a jeep belonging to Hansi SHO and damaged vehicle of
another police official. The mob also damaged some motorcycles
of policemen parked outside the police station, they said.

Accusing the police of torturing Billu to death, the
protesters also damaged DSP Amrik Singh`s jeep and set on fire
Sisaipul police outpost on Hansi-Barwala road.

The protesters demanded action against the policemen
responsible for Billu`s death.

Meanwhile, Hisar SP Hanif Qureshi reached the spot and
assured the mob that action would be taken against policeman
if found guilty.

Additional police personnel have been deployed in the
area to prevent any untoward incident.

PTI

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