Dailt youth dies in custody, 6 policemen suspended

A dalit youth, arrested in a theft case, on Wednesday died in police custody in Rajasthan`s Pali district, leading to the suspension of six policemen, including a Station House Officer.

Jodhpur: Rahul Harijan (20) was arrested four days ago, along with
5 others, for his alleged involvement in a theft and was
locked in Guda Endla Police Station. Late last night, he fell
ill and was taken to the Pali district hospital, which
referred him to a Jodhpur hospital but he was declared brought
dead by the doctors.

The government has ordered three probes - administrative,
judicial and CID - into the death. It also announced Rs 7.5
lakh ex-gratia, a housing board residential unit of LIG
category, a government job and 3-month free ration to the kin
to the deceased.

"He (Rahul) was under police the custody under section
109 of IPC... We have suspended the entire staff - the SHO
Bharat Dewasi and 5 constables - who were involved in the
interrogation of the deceased," IG (Jodhpur Range) Umesh
Mishra said.

Rahul was to be produced before the magistrate today.
With the news of Rahul`s death reaching his family,
hundreds of people gathered at the district collectorate and
demanded action against the personnel at Guda Endla Police
Station and compensation to the family.

District Collector of Pali Neeraj K Pawan said: "We have
arranged post mortem of the body in the presence of the
magistrate by a medical board and the whole process will be


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