Boy`s death in police custody sparks protest

A teenage Dalit boy was allegedly beaten to death in police custody, sparking protests by locals and prompting the police to baton charge.

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

Ghaziabad: A teenage Dalit boy was allegedly
beaten to death in police custody, sparking protests by locals
and prompting the police to baton charge.

Rishi Kumar, 19, was picked up by police on Monday night
from Nithora village in connection with a loot incident. He
was brought to the Loni police station here, police said.

Kumar, who police claimed was beaten up by the public
before he was brought here, died yesterday noon while being
taken to hospital.

Alleging that the boy had been beaten to death in police
custody, his family members, along with local residents,
staged a blockade on Delhi-Saharpur road.

Police batoncharged the protesters in which four persons,
including two women, were injured, sources said.

Rubbishing the allegations, SSP Ghaziabad Raghubir Lal
claimed Kumar died due to injuries he sustained after being
beaten by public soon after the loot incident.

PTI